Powell, Terry get community service for handling stolen goods

The Law Courts Building in downtown George Town.

Levi Ambrose Powell, 28, and Toria Angella Terry, 27, have been given suspended sentences after pleading guilty to two counts of handling stolen goods.

In December 2018, Terry went to Cashwiz, a local pawn shop, to sell a Breitling Avenger watch and a pair of diamond stud earrings. The combined retail value of both items was estimated at more than US$8,500. Days after the items were pawned, police matched them to a list of goods stolen during a burglary, which led to Terry’s arrest and subsequent charging.

When faced with the charges, Terry denied the allegations, stating she had received the items from Powell and that she had questioned him about the origins of the jewellery.

Powell was subsequently arrested and charged with handling stolen goods, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Court documents revealed that Terry told police, “My sixth sense told me something was wrong, but I didn’t think Levi would cause me to get into trouble, because I had known him for so long and we were friends.”

A Grand Court jury trial was called off at the last minute when both Powell and Terry changed their pleas to guilty the morning of the trial.

On Monday 18 Nov., Powell and Terry were sentenced.

Justice Roger Chapple sentenced Powell to 18 months in prison but suspended it for two years. He imposed a supervision order with 200 hours of community service. Terry was sentenced to eight months in prison, which was also suspended for two years. She was ordered to serve 100 hours of community service.

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