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SINGER NATURAL BLACK IN JAIL - Artiste on suspicion of larceny of a Toyota Corolla

Popular deejay Natural Black is once again in trouble with the law. The deejay, whose given name is Mortimer Softley, has been in custody at the Half-Way Tree lock up since October 3.

The Far From Reality singer was arrested at his Bedward Gardens home six days ago on suspicion of larceny of a motor vehicle. His arrest came after a vehicle being driven by Abebe Morgan, who has also been arrested, was seized by the police. The chassis number in the car, a Toyota Corolla, had reportedly been tampered with and Softley had allegedly purchased the car from someone.

He was invited to the Papine Police Station on October 3 by the investigating officer and was sent for the relevant documents. While he was at his house searching for the documents, which had reportedly been misplaced, he was arrested by the police.

Softley's lawyer, Burt Samuels, made an habeas corpus application in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, telling the court that his client had been languishing in jail for almost a week, and had not been charged. He argued that his client had cooperated fully with the police and asked Resident Magistrate Glen Brown to order that his client either be charged or released.

Softley's matter will be mentioned again today and the investigating officer was subpoenaed to attend the proceedings.

In March, Softley was ordered to serve 120 hours of community service after he pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly conduct, indecent language, resisting arrest and being armed with an offensive weapon.

October 10, 2007

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