Pot lender, borrower, and owner dish it out in court
There was a strange case of a kitchen utensil in Magistrate’s court today. There was the woman who lent the pot, the woman who borrowed it, the claim that it was stolen, the fact that it was never returned, and the other woman who owned a pot, but not the one presented in court, which apparently belong to the Belize Defense Force.
But to start from the beginning, in December of 2009, Michelle Sho, a BDF Soldier, loaned a pot to a sanitation worker at Price Barracks.
stirred up muddy waters when she admitted in court she borrowed the pot twice and alleged the pot was stolen from the BDF.
A third woman, Janet Felix, took the stand in defense of her daughter, Michelle Sho. Janet Felix indicated that the pot that her daughter lent out was actually hers. Felix revealed to the court that her pot had eighteen identifying strokes etched out on the side. The pot in court had no such strokes which meant the accused had brought back the wrong pot. More witnesses and testimonies about the origins and the markings of the pot were bubbling in court.
Magistrate Kathleen Flowers was given the honor of dishing out justice. Flowers said that the question of whether or not the pot was taken from the BDF not the issue that was brought Court number three. She found Sandra Augustine guilty of borrowing the pot from Sho and not returning it.
Augustine was not satisfied with the eight hundred dollars fine and initially said she wouldn’t pay it because in her opinion it didn’t cost that much. But after being informed she could get prison time, Augustine indicated she will pay the fine.
If you’re wondering what the BDF had to say about the pot, absolutely nothing. It was one battle it didn’t want to participate in.