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Former Courts employees plead guilty to theft

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Two men are now out of a job after pleading guilty to stealing a number of electronic items from their former workplace, Courts St Vincent Limited.{{more}}

Kazron Warren, 28, of Mesopotamia, appeared at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to theft of two Ipads.

His former co-worker, Stevenson Williams, pleaded guilty to stealing an Ipad and two flat screen televisions.

The incidents took place between September 13, 2013 and January 14, 2014, at Courts’ warehouse location at Roseau, Sion Hill.

The items were recovered from Williams and he was placed on a six- month bond in the sum of $1,500. In breach of that bond, he will go to prison for six months.

In Warren’s case, one of the Ipads was recovered and he was made to pay compensation of $1,899 for the other Ipad by June 12 or spend three months in jail.

He was also placed on a six-month bond in the sum of $1,500.

According to the facts of the case, on September 13, an inventory was conducted at the warehouse and all things appeared to be in order at that time.

On January 14, a further inventory was conducted and the aforementioned items were missing.

The matter was reported and police investigations led to the arrest of both men.

The court heard that two of the Ipads were recovered from the girlfriends of both men and another was sold to Cashwiz by Warren.

That item was not recovered.

Further investigations carried out on the matter discovered the two flat screen television sets at the home of Williams.

In mitigation, attorney Patina Knights, representing Warren, told the court that the father of two has no previous convictions and is remorseful for the offences.

She said that Warren has since apologised by way of a letter to Courts and has sought counselling for his actions.

Knights stated that prior to his brush with the law, Warren’s mother took ill; he had to assist his sister to pay for her CSEC examinations, and his electricity had been disconnected.

“He was under stress as a result of having to find money to pay for his mother’s medical bills and assisting his sister. He has realised the error of his ways and has not wasted the court’s time,” Knights added.

She said the money he received from selling the Ipad to Cashwiz was used to pay his mother’s bills and assist his sister.

Representing Williams, young attorney Andrew Russell said his client is the father of a four-year-old son and the mother of the child is currently unemployed.

He said that all of the items Williams had were recovered and he asked the court to impose a non-custodial sentence on his client.

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