A young man who professes to be guided by the Christian principles of life has openly forgiven a friend who milked him off just under $1,000.00.
Joel Andrews of La Digue, St. Andrew’s was fleeced from his funds at various branches of the Grenada Co-operative Bank Ltd during the month of May by Kellon Joseph of Hermitage, St. Patrick’s.
Joseph pleaded guilty on Monday before Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill at the St. George’s N0.1 Magistrate’s Court to three counts of fraud.
The accused defraud the sum of $411.00 from Andrews on May 31 at Co-op Bank on Church Street, St. George’s.
He also defrauded Andrews of $500.00 by false pretense on May 31st at the Spiceland Mall Branch of the same bank.
He was also slapped with a charge of defrauding Andrews of $80.00 on June 1st at the Spiceland Mall location of Co-op bank.
Three charges of forgery were withdrawn by the prosecutor.
The court was told that sometime ago, Andrews had lost his debit card and went to apply for a new one.
After he had finished the process, he went to the teller machine where the convicted man observed the account number.
Joseph who was unrepresented by legal counsel expressed remorse over his action, promising to pay back the money to the complainant.
Andrews who pleaded forgiveness for his friend said based on his Christian background and principle, he has forgiven Joseph.
However, he told the court he will accept compensation in the form of the money Joseph promised to pay back to him.
According to the complainant, both he and the accused attend the Grenville Pentecostal Lighthouse in St. Andrew’s.
Magistrate Gill ordered Joseph to pay compensation in the sum of $991.00 to Andrews
Joseph has been incarcerated at the Richmond Hill Prisons since the police picked him up for the offence.