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Latish Williams

The accused, Latish Williams, leaves the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court with her baby after her April 23 court appearance. (iWN photo)

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The Buccament Bay woman who was on trial for theft of EC$6,760 in cellular phone credit from her former employers has been found guilty.

Latish Williams, 25, however, escaped jail as she is the mother of an 11-month-old baby, who is still breastfeeding.

Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett on June 1 found Williams guilty of 68 counts of theft of Digicel credit from Harmony Investments, in Kingstown, between Jan. 18 and Aug. 30, 2016.

The magistrate seemed inclined to send the woman to jail, but might have decided against it based on the submission of her lawyer, Ronald “Ronny” Marks.

Marks noted his client’s status as the mother of a young child.

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Prosecutor Corlene Samuel had asked the court to hand down the sentence that it thought was appropriate for the crime.

The senior magistrate ordered the woman to compensate her former employers in the sum of EC$6,760.

She was further sentenced to a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for an equal amount of time.

Williams was put on her defence on April 27, when the court rejected her lawyer’s no-case submission.

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