Magistrate Judy Latchman on Monday remanded into the custody of the Sophia Juvenile Detention Centre, a 16-year-old boy accused of allegedly stealing a quantity of cash, property of a minibus driver.
The charge read that on June 8 at the Route 41 bus park, Stabroek Market, Georgetown, the teen stole $25,000 from Virtual Complainant (VC), Deshan Pitt. The teenager admitted to the offence and apologised to the court while expressing his willingness to compensate the VC for his loss.
According to the prosecution’s case, on the day of the incident, the VC parked the minibus at the Route 41 Bus Park with the money secured and exited the vehicle.
Subsequently, a public-spirited person raised an alarm after seeing the teen tampering with the minibus and taking the cash, which was in the door pocket of the vehicle. The defendant reportedly attempted to escape, but was apprehended shortly after he was overtaken by public-spirited persons who pursued him.
He was escorted to the Police Station where he was positively identified during an ID parade, and subsequently charged with the offence.
The prosecution revealed that the defendant was known for habitually committing such offences, causing the presiding magistrate to order that a probation report be prepared for the teen.
The youngster will remain at the Juvenile Holding Centre pending the completion of the report. He returns to court on June 26.