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Cellphone thief gets 18 months

Thursday, June 05, 2014    

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A young man, who told the court that he tried to rob a woman's cellular phone because his 'babymother' was hungry and he did not have any money, was Tuesday sentenced to 18 months in prison.

The 21-year-old man, Roshaun Whyte, had pleaded guilty to assault and attempted larceny of a cellular phone last Tuesday and was remanded in custody after he had lied to an attorney who was trying to assist him.

Whyte told the lawyer that Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey had sent him to prison for one year for assault, but the magistrate told him that he was lying as she does not give one-year sentences for assault. Whyte who also told the court that he had no other previous offence was then remanded and his criminal record was requested.

However, on Tuesday when he returned to court and his record was checked, the magistrate found out that he also had a conviction for housebreaking and that he had committed the offence while he was on a 12-month suspended sentence.

Whyte then told the court that he received the 12-months sentence for committing the offence while he was on the suspended sentence and also for the offence committed, but that he only spent eight month in prison.

"It's not the first but it's the last and you not going to see my face again," Whyte to RM Pusey.

The magistrate, however, was not moved, and sentenced him to serve 18 months in prison.

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