Trinidad and Tobago is presumed to be a safer place today after 24-year-old mother of three, Michelle Cudjoe, was jailed for seven months for snatching a women’s purse, which including a cell phone and cash.
Cudjoe pleaded with San Fernando Magistrate Indra Ramoo-Haynes for mercy and claimed she was desperate to feed her children and there would be no one else to look after them if she was incarcerated.
Ramoo-Haynes gave Cudjoe a seven month sentence regardless due to the seriousness of the crime and the scare given to the violated victim.
Mr Live Wire can confirm that the woman’s purse did not have billions of ill-gotten gains from airport contracts, millions due to the 2006 World Cup players or even a US$750,000 donation for earthquake-stricken Haiti.
Cudjoe, in other words, had no justification for stupidly resorting to a blue-collar crime with so many plentiful prospects for white-collared “opportunism.”
Famous United States bard Bob Dylan once sang: “Steal a little and they throw you in jail; steal a lot and they make you king.”
The Trinbagonian version might be: “… steal a lot and they will keep a Cabinet seat warm for you or your henchmen.”