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Woman burglar gets 9-month suspended sentence


The 28-year-old woman who burgled her ex-roommate’s house and stole nearly $9,000 has been handed a nine-month suspended sentence in the Magistrate’s Court.

Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards ordered that the sentence be suspended for two years.

That effectively means the offender, Jenna Paponette,
will only serve nine months in prison if she commits another offence within the next two years.

Reports are that, on April 20 last year, Paponette’s former roommate secured her residence and went to work.

When she returned later that date, she noticed that $8,600 was missing from her chest-of-drawer.

She alerted the police.

The complainant told law enforcers that Paponette, who moved out of the house a few weeks earlier, had known where the money was kept.

She also stated that Paponette possibly had keys to the residence.

Police subsequently met Paponette and informed her about the report made against her.

Paponette, who reportedly handed over a sum of money to the police, was then charged for burglary.

According to the prosecution, the offender stated that she took the money because she was facing ‘financial difficulty’.

She pleaded guilty during a previous appearance in court.

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