Newtown youths ordered to compensate victim of theft in Morne Daniel

Three Newtown youths have been ordered to pay $6, 290.60 each in compensation to Joan Cools Lartigue after stealing $18,872 from her home in Morne Daniel on April 18, 2008.

Twenty-two-year-old Leon Mitchel, 17-year-old Cassandra Carbon, and 25-year-old Nigel Steven have also been fined $1,000 each to be paid within two months. In default they will each spend one year in jail

The three defendants appeared before Justice Brian Cottle at the High Court of Justice yesterday where they all pleaded guilty to the theft.

According to the facts of the case, presented by the state’s lawyer Wayne Norde, Carbon, who was 15-years-old at the time of the incident, was out of school and would normally be at Cools Lartigue’s home where her mother worked. According to Cools Lartigue, this was in an effort to keep the young girl out of trouble.

Cools Lartigue, who owns a restaurant in Roseau, went to work there at about 8 a.m on the date of the theft. Carbon also arrived at Cools Lartigue’s home with her mother around the same time.

Approximately one hour later, Cools Lartigue, the virtual complainant in the matter,  got a call from the girl’s mother who reported that someone had broken and entered into her home. Cools Lartigue was told that a man named Mitch was the perpetrator.

Police Constable Carlisle Carbon was detailed to investigate. On his arrival at the scene of the crime, he noticed that eight strips of wood had been ripped from the closet door.

The virtual complainant later told him that a sum of money was missing from the closet.

The suspect, Mitch, was questioned and then released based on his alibi. Subsequently, Officer Carlisle invited both the 15-year-old and her mother to the police station where they were questioned about the matter until the teen finally admitted to committing the offense.

Carbon explained how she went into the kitchen of the complainant’s home where she took a plastic bag, then went into the room where she accessed the closet and took the cash. She placed the cash in the garbage bags and placed then in the garbage bins outside the house. She then called her friend “Shabin” to come pick up the bags.

Mitchel and Stevens were later arrested and admitted to spending most of the money on shoes, clothing, electronics among other items. Small amounts of cash were recovered.

“I just want to say that at the time that happened my mind was young still… I have a little boy and he just turned a year and that is not the kind of life I would like him to see his mother in,” Carbon told the court in mitigation.

To this the judge replied, “Your mother took you to work with her because you were out of school and she wanted to get you out of trouble. She tried, but it didn’t work.”

Meanwhile, Mitchel told Justice Cottle in his mitigating plea, “I just wanna say that I am sorry for the mistake that I have done.”

Steven’s lawyer, Julien Prevost, said his client was a truck driver who lived with his only child since the mother does not play an active role in the child’s life. He said Stevens was prepared to pay the money owed to the complainant and asked the court not to impose a custodial sentence.

Before passing sentence Justice Cottle said, “I don’t like sending young people to prison. I really dislike sending females to prison, but I am not sure I can do otherwise in this case. This was a very carefully planned burglary involving the trust of the complainant… Mrs. Cools Lartigue was uncomfortable with Miss Carbon’s presence in her house, but she said she is a mother herself… This is the way her trust was repaid?”

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6 Comments

  1. yes is true
    February 28, 2011

    because look at that man killing n they getting out so quek so it not going n take a hole year………………………………………………send them to jail

  2. redeemed
    October 5, 2010

    wait a while…are you for real……nice and quiet girl? you have got to be kiddin me………it may appear that you have recently move to kingshil because iv lived there all my nearly all my life and this girl is far from nice and Quit….and stealing is something that she started since high school…….she was under aged when she committed the act but her senses are fully functional …….

    this is just a cry for help …..we need juvenile centers in DA…..our youth is screaming for help

  3. Anonymous
    January 14, 2010

    i think they shouldlet the girl go free give her a
    second chance as a parent i might do the same thing to support my child i am from kings hill and she is a very quiet and nice(helpful) girl. Have a heart na man who going and take care of the baby please i beg i ask

  4. SERIOUSLY!
    January 14, 2010

    LISTEN, IF THESE PEOPLE HAD DONE ANYTHING GOOD WITH THE MONEY, I COULD UNDERSTAND. BUT SHOES AND CLOTHES? THEY DESERVE TO BE JAILED. ONE PERSON WORKS HARD FOR THEIR MONEY AND DOES NOT BUY CLOTHES WITH IT, YOU COME IN AND STEAL THE PERSON’S HARD EARNED MONEY TO BUY SHOES?

    I THINK THESE JUDGES NEED TO REVIEW SOME OF THE SENTENCES THEY HAVE GIVEN OVER THE PAST 3 YEARS. THERE NEEDS TO BE CONSISTENCY.

    • money la
      February 28, 2011

      i mean come on man shoes n clothes na na na ……………………………….ya wi we really need a juvenile center in d/a

  5. Just giving my 2 cents
    January 14, 2010

    Send them all to prison… if they old enough to steal, they’re old enough to accept the consequences.
    “I don’t like sending young people to prison. I really dislike sending females to prison” – what is this- they know right form wrong and they are not mental handicapped, therefore, they should suffer the consequences for their actions. CRIME does not pay and each and everyone should be taught a lesson.

    I am seeign to many lax sentences on here for persons who have committed their crimes. It seems that the Domincan courts are more concerned with the perpetrators rather than the victims. What happens to the individual who is out almost $20,000. Is it fair that these vagabonds get such an easy sentence. I’d order them to pay it back and let them work to pay it off till all is done. I’d make sure that they repay every last dollar with interest…i’m just saying

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