Tearful chain snatcher gets community service

An unemployed man, who appeared on Monday before Principal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus, will spend the next six weeks doing community service as a penalty for snatching a woman’s gold chain at the Mahdia Minibus Park, Georgetown.
Shamar Whyte admitted to the charge which stated that he snatched the gold chain and pendant valued $300,000 from Ashanti Khan on January 12, 2019 at Hadfield Street, Georgetown.
According to facts presented, the victim was standing at the Mahdia Minibus Park when the 20-year-old man approached her and snatched the chain from her neck after which he escaped. However, he was later captured by public-spirited persons with the help of a patrolling police officer.
An unrepresented Whyte broke down in tears as he begged the court for leniency and told Magistrate Marcus that he was sorry for his actions, “I am sorry, Your Worship; I did not go to do it.”
Whyte was given six weeks’ community service and was instructed to undergo counselling during that period.