A man who snatched a woman's handbag while riding a motorbike told police that he does not know what had caused him to commit the robbery, as he is from 'a good home'.
“I don't know what came over me because mi come from a good home,” Santino Thomas told the police when he was cautioned.
The court heard that the complainant was walking along Ruthven Road in St Andrew when Thomas rode upon on the bike and grabbed her handbag.
However, a motorist who had witnessed what had happened used his car to block Thomas' path and he fell from his bike and was held and handed over to the police. The handbag which was damaged was recovered.
Last Tuesday when Thomas appeared in court he pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm, malicious destruction of property and larceny from the person.
However, when he was being pleaded the complainant told the court that he had not directly assaulted her.
“The way how he grabbed my bag, my hand was flung back, so my hand was swollen for days,” she explained. The judge, however, told her that it was counted in law as an assault, because he had caused her to suffer trauma during the robbery.
“Maam you look like yuh sympathetic but I am not,” Judge Maxine Ellis said before informing Thomas that he will have to compensate the complainant for her bag and medical fee.
Judge Ellis then asked the complainant for the price and was told that it cost about US$30. But the judge told her, “No good handbag nuh cost that so I'll round it off to US$50.”
“Some of you are too conservative. I am not carrying any handbag that cost US$30,” she said sparking laughter in the court.
The judge then enquired about the complainant's medical bill and after she was told $3,500, told Thomas that he will have to pay the complainant $60,000 for the bag, medical fee and the complainant's transportation cost.
“She is not asking you or begging you a dime, I am awarding her,” she told Thomas, whose bail was extended for him to return to court on September 28.