Chat in courthouse lobby leads to more trouble for Charlottetown woman

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Prince Edward Island provincial court

A woman bragging outside a courtroom about her thefts has been given 60 days of weekend time inside jail.

Sherry Ann MacPhee appeared Friday before provincial court judge John Douglas for sentencing on a charge of stealing a handbag from Lady Slipper Intimate Apparel & Accessories in Confederation Court Mall.

The court was told MacPhee, 38, of Charlottetown,  walked into the store, reached over the counter and snagged a handbag worth $128.

It was not the first time MacPhee had stolen from that store but it was the first time she got caught, the court heard.

While waiting for the start of a previous court appearance on this charge, MacPhee began chatting with someone she knew in the lobby about this theft.

She told that person she had stolen three other purses from the same store.

The owner of Lady Slipper was sitting nearby and heard everything she said, the court was told.

In addition to the weekend jail time, Douglas put her on probation for 18 months and ordered her to pay for the one purse she was caught stealing.

MacPhee is due back in court on July 7 to be sentenced on two other charges of theft from The Gap and the Atlantic Superstore.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • SAFE ON WEEKENDS
    May 04, 2014 - 20:58

    The businesses only have to worry about her Monday to Friday for a couple of weeks anyway. Isn't the PEI justice system the worst you have ever seen. Here is someone who is awaiting trial on two other charges and still gets weekends????

    • Yeah?
      May 05, 2014 - 09:15

      Are you intimately familiar with other justice systems?

    • intobed
      May 05, 2014 - 19:06

      I think it is not so much the bad justice system, as much as it is the bad judge. He MUST be removed.

  • AMAZED
    May 04, 2014 - 19:28

    Please put out a picture of this woman so I can keep her out of my business , a lot easier than this process!!!What are we coming to !

  • haha
    May 04, 2014 - 19:07

    She's a goof. Grow up sherry

  • enough already
    May 04, 2014 - 15:45

    I don't know how the downtown merchants stay in business. The same people steal week after week with no real repercussions . Maybe Sharia law in needed everywhere.

    • Dee
      May 04, 2014 - 20:50

      SHARIAH? I agree. Daily hangings, stonings and amputations at Victoria park should fix all of the Island's ills.

  • BobbyJoe
    May 04, 2014 - 14:13

    She should get more time being dumb enough to be talking about it outside a court. She deserved it

    • LA
      May 05, 2014 - 08:16

      No kidding. That's so ridiculous, and she's old enough to know better on both counts. Too bad they probably can't prosecute her for it.

  • Jay Leno
    May 04, 2014 - 13:38

    You know what I love, Kevin?? Stupid criminals? Stupid criminals!