Mechanic freed of motor vehicle theft charge
A mechanic was freed of car-stealing charges yesterday in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.
Dayne Mullings was charged earlier this year with larceny of a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property.
The prosecution alleged that on March 13, a grey Nissan Tiida motor car valued at $1.1 million was parked at premises located along Mayfair Road in the Red Hills area.
Reports are that the following day, in the wee hours of the morning, the owner of the Tiida discovered that it was missing.
A report was made to the police who launched an investigation, which led to the arrest and charge of Mullings.
The court heard that the vehicle was found in his possession two days after being reported stolen.
His acquittal followed the submissions of his attorney Able-Don Foote, who argued that the complainant who testified failed to adequately identify the vehicle and there was no other evidence before the court to substantiate a case against him.
Parish judge Sanchia Burrell upheld Foote's submission.
Mullings, who is a mechanic by profession, was subsequently acquitted and discharged on both charges.
He maintained that the vehicle found in his possession was given to him by a female to be serviced.