A man who claimed he returned a woman’s BlackBerry phone shortly after he stole it, received a nine-month prison sentence at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Calvin Davis, the accused, pleaded guilty with explanation to the charge of larceny from a person.
Davis told the court that on the day of the incident, he saw the complainant walking in the downtown Kingston area where he took the phone from her and ran off. He said he heard her scream out so he decided to return the phone to the complainant.
The accused said after returning the phone, a vendor told him the police was behind him. He said he told the vendor he did not have any reason to run since he returned the phone. Davis said shortly after a police grabbed him by the waist and asked for the phone and he told him that he returned it. He said he was arrested and charged after that incident.
The allegations are that the accused stole the complainant’s BlackBerry Pearl. However, the woman managed to grab onto the accused and retrieved the device.
Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey asked Davis if he could give her a reason why he should not go to jail for his actions, but he could not reply. He was sentenced to nine months in prison at hard labour.
Claimed he had no reason to run from cops because he returned phone to victim