Teen regrets stealing cream
Initially, Adrien Michelle Callendah Prentice had nothing to say.
But some moments of reflection helped to loosen her tongue when she appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Prentice, 18, a sales assistant of Barracks Road, Bank Hall, St Michael, had just pleaded guilty to stealing a container of Neoprosone Gel Cream, worth $10, from Cherish Cosmetique on St Michael’s Row, on Wednesday.
“Do you want to say anything in answer to the charge?” Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-sargeant asked the first-time offender.
“No, please,” the teenager replied.
“Do you want to say something?” the magistrate again asked.
“No, Ma’am,” the girl replied.
“Miss Prentice, say something,” the magistrate urged, but Prentice did not respond.
The magistrate then stood down the matter and told the teenager to sit back in the court.
When the matter was called again, Prentice promptly apologised for her actions. She acknowledged that a conviction would affect her chances of getting a job or a United States visa.
Magistrate Cuffysargeant reprimanded and discharged her for the offence.
Prosecutor Sergeant Edwin Pinder said Prentice went into the St Michael’s Row branch of the cosmetique.
She was seen by the security guard as she took the cream, placed it in her bag and walked past the cashier without paying.
Shaniah Shanlea Neptune admitted to assault.
Adrien Michelle Prentice