The Jamaican manager who was accused of stealing nearly $10,000 from his former workplace at Pusser’s Marina Cay Hotel and Restaurant was given a three-month suspended sentence after confessing.
Curtis James’ suspended sentence requires him to keep out of trouble for the next three months and if he does not, he will spend three months at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut.
He had pleaded guilty to 11 counts of theft when he appeared before Magistrate Shawn Innocent recently.
The court was told that he stole the funds to pay bills that exceeded his income.
James stole the monies between March 24 to May 3 of last year during his stint as the assistant manager of the company.
During mitigation, his attorney Stephen Daniels told the court that his client had no previous convictions and is also the father of two young children.
Furthermore James, he said, had repaid the stolen funds to Pussers since May. Despite the offence, his former employer wrote to the court that stealing was uncharacteristic of the offender.
Just before Magistrate Innocent handed down judgement, Daniels had strongly pressed the court to not impose a custodial sentence saying: “I would urge you to temper justice with mercy.”
In response, Magistrate Innocent said, although James made righted his wrong, an offence was committed. He further noted that the court does not treat these matters lightly.
The magistrate said he did not want to send the wrong message to the public. But, at the same time, he said James has good future and, as such, did not want him incarcerated.
As assistant manager to the company, part of his duties were to make daily bank deposits at Banco Popular in Road Town. It was during that time that he stole the funds, the court heard.
The company’s Chief Financial Officer later confronted him about the missing funds and report was made to police.
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