Max Jno-Lewis of Glanvillia Porstmouth has been sentenced to four months in prison for stealing $200 from a 68-year-old market vendor in that community last week.
“That day there I was under a little rum. Yes I did it. It was Carnival season,” Jno-Lewis told a Roseau magistrate’s court during mitigation yesterday.
Magistrate Candia George replied by stating, “I always say, if it (rum) not agreeing with you, stay away from it. It putting you in trouble.”
The complainant, Martha Seaman, who is a farmer, was vending at the Portsmouth market at about 10 a.m. on March 5 when the defendant came and reached into her apron, which she used to store her earnings. He grabbed $200 and ran away, according to the police prosecutor.
Seaman chased Jno-Lewis but was unable to catch up with the him because scaled a wall, fell into a river and escaped.
“You sure is me you see?” the defendant attempted to deny the crime when confronted by the complainant and police. He later admitted and was charged.
He is “well known” by police in Portsmouth according to the police prosecutor.
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