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Pembroke woman given absolute discharge

A 26-year-old woman who admitted stealing more than $200 worth of groceries was granted an absolute discharge this morning.

At a previous Magistrates’ Court appearance on February 2, Shaniqwa O’Brien, of Pembroke, pleaded guilty to taking the goods from Lindo’s Market in Devonshire on January 5.

Prosecutor Victoria Greening said at the time that O’Brien was seen by the store manager putting items in a duffel bag that was in the top of her shopping cart.

She paid for the items in the cart but not the ones in the duffel bag and police were called after the was confronted by the store manager.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo ordered a social inquiry report and adjourned the sentencing.

In court today, O’Brien said she’d had some time to think about what had happened.

“I know what I did was foolish. It was dumb. I ask for some type of leniency.”

Mr Tokunbo granted her an absolute discharge, taking into consideration her guilty plea, her circumstances and the fact that she did not get away with the goods.

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