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Woman jailed for stealing $5,700 from woman, 76
A Community Environmental Protection Enhancement Programme (Cepep) worker who stole $3,700 and a bank card from a 76-year-old woman, then used the card to withdraw $2,000 from the pensioner’s bank account, was jailed for nine months yesterday. Not even an apology from Delia Thompson, 49, and an offer to pay back the money could prevent her from being sent to jail. “You are not a paragon of virtue, you betrayed this lady,” said Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington.
Thompson was slapped with three charges. She pleaded guilty to stealing Barrett’s handbag containing $3,700; a $20 identification card (ID) and $35 Republic Bank Ltd (RBL) bank card and book. She also pleaded guilty to withdrawing $2,000 from Barrett’s bank account using the RBL ATM machine at Cipero Street, San Fernando, without the pensioner’s permission.
She also pleaded guilty to withdrawing a further $500 from the Scotiabank ATM machine in Princes Town but that matter was transferred to the Princes Town Magistrates Court for today. In reading the facts, prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said around noon on August 21, Barnett was approached by Thompson in San Fernando and later she accompanied Barnett to her home in Pleasantville. He said around 2.15 pm, Barnett placed her handbag containing the items on the dining table.
A few minutes later, Barnett discovered her bag missing and made a report to the Mon Repos Police Station. WPC Richelle Winchester received information, which led her to the Thompson’s home at 5th Company, Indian Walk. She told the accused of the report of larceny of a dwelling house, executed a search warrant and recovered Barrett’s bank card and ID card.
The prosecutor said on August 23, Barnett received information from RBL at Lower High Street, San Fernando, and made another report. WPC Winchester went to the bank, where she found out that Thompson had withdrawn $2,000 from Barrett’s saving account. None of the money was recovered. Thompson’s attorney, Subhas Panday, said his client had been assisting Barrett for the past three years and they were friends.
Panday said his client had financial pressures and she saw an opportunity and took it. “The VC is her friend and she does that to her? Look at this lady and you did that?” questioned Wellington. The magistrate said he would not give her the maximum penalty since she pleaded guilty and instead sentenced her to nine months on each charge. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Assisted by PC Lewis and a walking aid as she left the courthouse yesterday, Barrett said: “I sad. I suppose to be happy but I sad.”
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