Christine Rae Smith was found guilty of charges relating to the robbery at a George Town beauty salon on the night of Friday, July 10, 2015.
The defendant was in Elegant Nails and More when two men entered the premises and stole money, cell phones and other items from the owner and two other women.
Part of the Crown’s case was text messages between the defendant and Paul Myles, one of the men who pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offense.
In explaining his reasons for the verdicts, Justice Charles Quin noted that Rae Smith and Myles exchanged 11 texts during the 12 or 13 minutes before the robbery occurred and he commented on their content. He said the defendant had orchestrated the robbery.
Myles and Antonio Kelly pleaded guilty before Rae Smith’s trial began.
Defense attorney Lee Halliday-Davis asked for a social inquiry report before sentencing. She also asked that her client remain on bail, but suggested stringent conditions.
Justice Quin said the matter was far too serious and remanded Rae Smith in custody.
Sentencing was set tentatively for Jan. 27.
Read Friday’s Compass for the full story. — Ed.