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Woman said she stole rum to provide for her kids

By TANESHA MUNDLE

Thursday, November 01, 2012 | 9:12 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — A 59-year-old woman who stole three bottles of white rum from a store in St Andrew yesterday told the court that she chose that kind of rum because it would “sell fast”.

According to the woman, Alice Wilson, who is of an Avon Road address in Kingston, she stole the liquor to provide for her three children, as she was going through a very difficult time in her life.

When asked by Magistrate Lorna Shelly Williams why she had chosen rum, Wilson, after explaining that the rum would “sell fast”, added that she had just taken a risk.

Wilson said she knew someone who worked at the store and left her house with the intention of visiting that person, but found out that the person was not at work when she got there. She then decided to steal the rum.

“At 59, you're stealing and it’s three bottles of rum, white rum,” the magistrate said in disbelief.

“I know it might seem ridiculous but it is rough out there right now,” Wilson said in her defence.

“I was selling in downtown Kingston and my stall got destroyed and I lost my roof in the storm.”

The magistrate, who was not moved by Wilson’s explanation, then sentenced her to 100 hours of community service for simple larceny.

Wilson was caught after she tried to leave the store with three one-litre bottles of J Wray and Nephew White Rum valued at $5,555.

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