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Man jailed for robbing tobacco leaf vendor

A man, who had snatched a chain from a tobacco leaf vendor, was on July 11 sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

The sentence was handed down by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine Beharry in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.

Shaka Nunes first appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on June 4, for the charge of stealing the piece of jewelry worth GUY$135,000 from Avril Garret, who was selling tobacco leaves on Leopold Street, Georgetown.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge at the time, but after the two days trial (on July 10 and 11) he was found guilty and convicted.

Three witnesses appeared in the matter against the unrepresented man.

According to the facts, read at the time by Prosecutor Vernette Pindar, on the day in question Garrett; a licensed tobacco leaf vendor, was plying her trade when the defendant approached her and asked how much for one.

As Garret was about to make the order ready, the defendant snatched the chain and fled the scene.