Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne has warned 26-year-old Jahmol Carter of the possible damaging effect of a skin cream he stole from Coreas/Hazells Pharmacy in Kingstown on Monday.
Appearing before Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne, at the Serious Offences Court on Tuesday, Carter pleaded guilty to stealing one Precious Ultra Brightening Gel, a cream used to brighten the skin, commonly called ‘bleaching’.
The security guard at the business place who had kept Carter under observation, intercepted him with the cream in his pants pocket, as he was about to leave the Pharmacy around 9:20 a.m.
Carter told the Court he wanted to brighten his skin, and that he had money to pay for the cream. It was valued at $10.95.
But the Magistrate told him, “This could damage your skin”. After scrutinizing his record, Browne told the defendant, “You have 13 convictions of a similar nature”, and she asked, “Where you going with that speed”?
Carter was released from prison this month.
“if you don’t have money, do without. Live within your means”, She told him.
“You take something to change your skin”, Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delpleche lamented.
“It is not food, it is not a need”, the Magistrate added.
“You are too young for that, and you know right from wrong.
“You had an unfortunate start in life. Let that be the catalyst to do better. Persons will be willing to assist you”, Browne advised before bonding Carter for six months.
If he breaches the bond, he will have to pay the Court $900 forthwith. In default, six months behind bars (thevincentian )