Old woman blames devil for honey theft at supermarket

Covering The Courts

with Tanesha Mundle

Sunday, June 17, 2018

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A 59-year-old woman who was caught stealing a bottle of honey at a supermarket in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew, has blamed the devil for her action.

“A di devil mek me dweet, Your Honour,” Audrey Smith said after pleading guilty to simple larceny in court on June 5.

But Parish Judge Maxine Ellis who was not pleased with her response told her that the devil was not at fault in this case.

“A lot of people blame the devil for things. This is not one of the things, the devil should take responsibility for,” the judge said.

“I am sorry,” Ellis, who lives at Luke Lane, downtown, Kingston, replied.

When asked if she had stolen before, Smith said that she had stolen a sheet years ago.

The judge then asked her: “Are you a regular shoplifter, ma'am,” to which she replied “No”.

Before the July 6 sentencing date was set, Judge Ellis said: “You see why you pay more at some supermarket? Security is a big overhead but you have to pay for security because people are so wicked and thief.”

She was arrested on May 5 around 3:10 pm after she went into the supermarket, took up the honey, and walked out with it hidden under her blouse.

Smith, who was captured on camera, was held by security guards as she exited the supermarket with the honey valued at $3,786.

Her bail was then extended for her to return for sentencing.

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