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Man granted conditional discharge for stealing by service

A man who failed to deliver on an auto repair job was on Thursday granted a conditional discharge after he pleaded guilty to stealing by reason of service.

Nikline Jacsaint hired Alfred Kemp to fix her 2009 Nissan Note in March 2020, the prosecutor Sergeant 3605 Samantha Miah told the court.

Jacsaint paid Kemp $610 to perform the work; however, he never did the job, Miah said. The prosecutor said Jacsaint made a criminal complaint to police after Kemp refused to return her money.

In passing sentence, Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt said that as a 58-year-old it was commendable that Kemp had no prior convictions. She said this was “not the time” to get one.

After chastising Kemp for taking advantage of a woman who had hired him, Ferguson-Pratt said that she would give him a conditional discharge on the condition that he repaid the stolen money.

Kemp paid Jacsaint $350 yesterday and he is expected pay her the balance of $250 on May 17.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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