Groom pleads guilty to stealing Teen on curfew for having cannabis
HORSES DEFINITELY won’t be on the mind of Darian Miguel Layne for the next month.
The 19-year-old groom, of No. 163 Parish Land, Christ Church, was hastily remanded to HMP Dodds by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-sargeant after pleading guilty to theft in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Layne admitted to stealing a handbag worth $1 500, a $40 purse, US$120 in cash, a pearl necklace valued at $1 000 and a $1 600 cellphone belonging to Nicola White on September 22.
The total value of the items was $4 380.
The court heard from prosecutor Sergeant Theodore Mcclean that White, an employee at Virgin Atlantic Airways, arrived on the island on September 21.
The next day, she was walking along Aquatic Gap, St Michael, with members of her family when she was approached by Layne.
He snatched the bag from her shoulder, popping the strap and ran off towards the area of Pebbles Beach where he searched and removed the property from the bag.
However, using CCTV footage, police were able to apprehend Layne, who admitted to committing the offences.
The first-time offender told police he used the money to purchase food and sold the cellphone.
The phone was subsequently recovered.
When asked by Magistrate Cuffy-sargeant if he had anything to say, Layne replied: “No, ma’am.”
Those were his last words as a free man as he was quickly handcuffed and led out of the courtroom.
He returns to court on November 6 for sentencing. ( RB)