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Woman on larceny charge walks free

Published:Saturday | June 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM


A St James woman who reportedly stole a cellular phone from a male complainant walked out of the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court a free woman on Monday, after the complainant asked for the case to be dismissed.

Charmaine Campbell of a Montego Bay address was charged with simple larceny, committed against Cornwall Francis, although the details of the allegations were not outlined.

When the case was mentioned on Monday, Francis told presiding magistrate, Carolyn Tie, that he did not wish for the case to go to trial, and asked that the charges against Campbell be dropped.

"I just want the case to finish, I don't want it tried," said Francis.

"Did you know her (Campbell) before?" asked Tie.

"We were in a relationship for four years," Francis admitted.

"Are you back together? Did you get back the phone?" the magistrate asked.

"No, your honour," Francis replied to both questions.

"Do you plan to get back together?" Tie asked him.

"I don't know, your honour," said Francis, amid subdued laughter in the courtroom.

Tie subsequently dismissed the charges against Campbell, following which Campbell was allowed to leave the courtroom.

- Christopher Thomas