Silent vendor jailed
He held his silence despite staring a prison term in the face.
And the young man who had nothing to say on his first appearance in court and again on Tuesday was jailed when he reappeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court.
Dario Jamar Cheltenham, a 24-year-old coconut vendor of Kings Gap, Eagle Hall, St Michael, had pleaded guilty to stealing a $270 cellphone, which belonged to Dale Jones, on October 10. He had a prior conviction for a similar offence committed a few months ago.
Magistrate Kristie CuffySargeant jailed him for three months, but gave him credit for the 28 days he had spent on remand.
The court had heard from prosecutor Sergeant Cameron Gibbons, who said Cheltenham had asked the complainant for a lodging.
But on October 10, the thief woke the man around 5 a.m. and told him he was leaving.
The complainant became suspicious and checked for his cellphone which, he discovered, was missing.
He immediately reported it to police and was there when someone brought in Cheltenham and his phone.