Christmas behind bars for accused thief
An alleged thief will have to spend the first few weeks of 2017 behind bars.
The accused man, Michael Ellis, is alleged to have broken into two separate dwellings on September 13 and stole several items having a total value of US$4,000 or J$515, 200.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges of larceny and housebreaking when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last week.
Allegations are that Ellis broke into and entered the dwelling of a man and stole a laptop valued at US$300.
He is also alleged to have broken into a woman's house, where he stole another laptop, an iPod, an iPod Nano, a Samsung smartphone, two Blackberry smartphones, and jewellery valued at US$3,800.
Ellis told the court that he has retained a lawyer, but the attorney did not show.
He was remanded in custody and is to return on January 24. A fingerprint order was filed against him.