Bus tout charged with snatching woman’s cell phone

A minibus tout accused of stealing a woman’s cellular phone was yesterday placed on $30,000 bail when he appeared before acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.

It is alleged that on December 17, at Georgetown, Ethan George stole a cell phone valued $45,000, from the person of Similla Sipana.

The accused, who resides at Lot 9-10 Rosemary Lane, Tiger Bay, pleaded not guilty to a charge of larceny from the person when it was read to him.

In giving the facts of the case, prosecutor Stephen Telford told the court that on the day of the incident, Sipana was walking along the road when George accosted her from behind and relieved her of the phone.

The prosecution had no objection to the accused being granted his pre-trial liberty.

George was ordered to return to court on December 29 for statements.

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