Headline — 30 October 2012 — by Rochelle Gillett

 She told the court she did it to feed her babies, because she has no job and no money

Claudia Ramos, 18, an unemployed mother of two young children, was taken before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart, where a charge of theft was read to her, to which she pleaded guilty.

What is sad is that after she pleaded guilty to the charge, she explained to the court that she did not have any money to buy the items and her children needed the food.

According to the police report, at 3:30 p.m. on Friday October 26, 2012, a security guard working at James Brodie Company Limited observed a woman putting a tin of Nestle Nestum Wheat and Honey Cereal and a tin of Klim Powder Milk into her black purse, items she had taken from off the shelf in the store.

Ramos then made her way to the exit door, where she was stopped and informed that she would be searched. In her purse, both the Klim milk and Nestle cereal were found, and the police were then called.

After the facts were read to the court, Ramos told the court that, “I did it because I don’t have a job and my babies needed to eat. One baby is one year and the other baby is eight months.”

Magistrate Stewart requested that a Community Rehab Officer be informed of the case and has reserved her the sentencing until after the officer, Ms. Shemika Bennett, had compiled her report and submitted it to the court for review.

That sentencing is set for November 26, 2012.


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