Shelley Annette Taylor must turn herself in for 14-month jail term
The province’s highest court has dismissed an appeal filed by a 44-year-old woman convicted of stealing thousands of dollars from her former employers at the Urban Rootz Hair Studio.
In a 15-page decision released Thursday, the P.E.I. Court of Appeal dismissed Shelley Annette Taylor’s appeal to have her convictions for theft, fraud and forgery overturned.
The Court of Appeal confirmed her conviction on all counts and confirmed the sentence imposed byChief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas.
Douglas, who convicted Taylor on those chargesafter a five-day trial, had sentenced her to 14 months on each count with all sentences to run concurrently.
Taylor appealed her conviction on several grounds.
The central ground of her appeal was the trial judge misapprehended evidence which in turn resulted in an unreasonable verdict or a verdict which resulted in a miscarriage of justice. Taylor also asserted the trial judge misapprehended evidence in assessing her credibility and the credibility of the four partners of Urban Rootz.
She assertedthe trial judge erred in his application of the burden of proof applicable in a criminal trial.
In his written decision, Justice John A. McQuaid found Douglas did not misapprehend material evidence. McQuaid also ruled Douglas did not err in assessing credibility or in the application of the burden of proof.
The reasons cited by Douglas for his decision were sufficient, McQuaid wrote.
McQuaid’s decision was written with the concurrence of Chief Justice David Jenkins and Justice Benjamin Taylor.
With the Court of Appeal having confirmed both the conviction and the sentence imposed in this case, Taylor must now surrender herself to authorities and commence serving her sentence at the provincial correctional centre. Upon release from custody, she will spend two years on probation.
While on probation she will be required to undergo assessment, counselLing and treatment, if necessary, for the use of alcohol or drugs or any other underlying issue that may have contributed to the commission of these offences. Douglas ordered Taylor to pay restitution to her former employers in the sum of $16,000.
This wasTaylor’s second conviction for employee theft. Several years ago, she took $193,000 from the Montague Credit Union.