Man steals 1,000 pounds of Melons

December 21, 2015

A man accused of stealing 1,000 pounds of melons was sentenced to six months' imprisonment on Friday.

When the matter was called up in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court, Javoy Francis, charged with fraudulent conversion, pleaded guilty.

Francis had been on the run for two years following the incident.

The court heard that the complainant gave Francis the melons valued at $30,000 to either keep or sell, and return the proceeds.

Francis said, "Your Honour, it wasn't so much"

That however did not phase Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey who told the accused, "You have been on the run since November 2013... Where is the money for the goods?"

Francis said, "Your Honour, I have been in custody for two months and was unable to get the money."

The court was, however, told that records show that Francis was taken into custody on December 14.

"You had almost two years of fun time and you come here talking about two months in custody," said Pusey.

A fingerprint order was also made against Francis after being sentenced.

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