Man freed of stolen car charge

June 01, 2017

A man who was charged with having a stolen motor car in his possession after he drove the vehicle to the Linstead police station three years ago, smiled broadly after being freed of unlawful possession of property yesterday.

When Delmar Mahoney, 30, of Ewarton, St Catherine appeared before parish judge Tara Reid-Carr, he was told that the crown failed to established a case of unlawful possession of property.

Reid-Carr told the accused that while his behaviour was unethical, he did nothing criminal as he could not steal from himself.

The crown led evidence that on March 15 the accused drove a Toyota Vios motor car to the Linstead police station with a man who was reporting on condition of his bail.

Mahoney's behaviour aroused the suspicion of the police at the station. The vehicle was checked and it was found to have an engine and chassis number that were tampered with.

He was subsequently charged with unlawful possession of property.

The defence, led by attorney Courtney Maxwell, maintained that Mahoney had used the parts from two other vehicles that he owned to retrofit the Vios.

Maxwell also noted that documentation was tendered to show the accused had taken the parts from the other vehicles.

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