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Man and a woman admit dishonesty offences

A man this week denied committing a recent series of burglaries, but he and a woman admitted two dishonesty offences that took place last year.

Jahnika Thompson, 42, from Hamilton Parish, and Norman Bell, 62, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to obtaining two phones from Audio Visual Electronics valued at $698 by deception on October 29, 2022.

They further admitted dishonestly obtaining a cycle rental valued at $635 from Social Cycles on the same date.

Thompson also admitted that on October 27 last year she paid a Belco bill through deception and that she dishonestly obtained $672 of groceries from MarketPlace on October 29.

Both denied charges that they obtained stolen goods — specifically a laptop stolen from the Berkeley Institute — and that they obtained $60 of phone service from One Communications through deception.

Bell also denied a series of burglaries this year in which he allegedly targeted a hotel, a salon and a theatre.

Prosecutors alleged that on April 15, Bell entered LIV Salon on Park Road in Pembroke as a trespasser and stole food, hair clippers and cash valued at $1,553.70.

Bell was further charged with entering Daylesford Theatre on Washington Lane as a trespasser the next day and stealing a dolly, a tip jar, a safe and cash to the value of $6,515.

He was also accused of entering a room at Coral Beach and Tennis Club in an incident on Sunday and stealing a gold Rolex watch, a baseball hat, sunglasses and a wallet containing cash and other items to the value of $23,000.

Magistrate Craig Attridge remanded Bell in custody until June 5, when the matter is scheduled to be mentioned in Magistrates’ Court.

Thompson was given $5,000 bail for the matter. The court heard that she had $3,490 in outstanding traffic fines, with the oldest dating back to 2019.

Mr Attridge sentenced Thompson to 90 days in prison for the outstanding fines and ordered that she be brought back to court on June 5 for the dishonesty matters.

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