A female visitor who refused to pay her near-$2,000 bill at a hotel on Anegada — claiming she was unhappy with her stay — has been fined.
Thirty-nine-year-old United States native, Katherine Jones, was fined after pleading guilty to two counts of obtaining services by deception. She answered to the charge when she appeared before Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo on Thursday.
Jones was fined a total of $4,000. Magistrate Baptiste-DaBreo ordered the visitor to pay the sum immediately or serve four months at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut.
Leading up to the sentence, her attorney Valerie Stephens-Gordon urged the court to temper justice with mercy, as her client had some ‘mental issues’. The attorney, therefore, urged the court to consider her client’s medical condition.
Stephens-Gordon argued that the mitigating factors outweighed the aggravating ones and implored the court to caution, reprimand and discharge her client as she had already served close to three weeks on remand.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that on January 14, Jones came to the territory without a fixed address and took a ferry to Anegada that same day. When she arrived on Anegada, she checked in to the hotel and presented her credit card to pay for her stay.
The court heard that she paid for expenses incurred from January 14 to 18. She then remained at the hotel until January 24 and racked up a food and drink bill of approximately $628. She incurred a further $1,128 for accommodation. The woman, however, refused to pay.
The hotel then sought police intervention but Jones still refused to settle her bill, the court heard.
She was eventually arrested. In a subsequent police interview, Jones reportedly said: “I wasn’t having a proper stay.”