Shoplifted goods were to be traded for drugs

Court orders pre-sentence report

Magistrate Nova Hall ordered a
pre-sentence report on Monday after hearing Monica Veronica Smith’s explanation
for stealing items from Foster’s Republix Store in West Bay.

Smith, 34, pleaded guilty to theft
of Axe shower gel, Polident antibacterial denture cleanser and two Listerine
pocket mists, with a total value of $18.82.

The magistrate asked why Smith had
taken items that seemed almost unnecessary.

The defendant replied, “I’m a drug
addict and there was a guy who supplied me with cocaine — one of my suppliers
— and he asked me to get these items in exchange for drugs.”

Asked if she had not been in the
Drug Rehabilitation Court, Smith said yes, but she left it in February 2009.

The magistrate expressed concern
that Smith had received various sentences for past offences. The court wanted
to see if anything else could be done, so a pre-sentence assessment was requested.
The next hearing was set for Wednesday, 20 October, and Smith was remanded in
custody.

Senior Crown Counsel Trevor Ward
set out the facts, noting that the theft took place on 7 June, and police were
called to the store by the manager after Smith was caught stealing.

When cautioned, she made no reply.
But later, when interviewed, she told officers, “I know already, so you don’t
have to stress yourself.”