Vendor admits to stealing midwife’s cell phone


Forty-four-year-old Shawn Smith, a Vendor, appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on Thursday where he pleaded guilty to stealing the phone of a midwife while she was asleep in the Nurse’s Room at the Georgetown Public Hospital.

Smith of Dennis Street, Kitty, Georgetown admitted that he stole the Samsung Galaxy cellphone valued at $100,000, the property of Kathleen Bristol on January 7, 2019.

Police Prosecutor Adoni Innis said that the midwife left the phone in her handbag and discovered it missing when she woke up. Security officers searched Smith and found the cell phone in his possession.

Smith, who did not have legal representation, told the court that on the day in question, he was at the hospital with his pregnant reputed wife when he found the cellphone on a bench next to him.

He claimed that the officers found the phone in his possession a few minutes after he found it.

Prosecutor Innis told the court that Smith was previously convicted at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court for an armed robbery charge and was sentenced to a year imprisonment.

But Smith denied this and told Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus that this is his first time before any court.

As such, the Magistrate instructed the Prosecutor to gather more information on Smith before a sentence is imposed.

The matter was adjourned to January 15, 2019, and Smith was released on $100,000 bail pending his sentence.

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