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October 12, 2012
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Accused cellphone thieves to appear in MoBay court

Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer


Three St James men who were implicated in the theft of a cellular phone from a bus in August are to return to the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on October 31, where the case against them will continue.

Otis Miller, 46 years old, of Humber Avenue in Montego Bay, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Forty-year-old Michael Thompson, of Catadupa district, also in St James, pleaded guilty with explanation to the same charge.

The third accused, 27-year-old Sanjae Campbell, who is homeless and believed to be of unsound mind, pleaded guilty to simple larceny; however, he was subsequently deemed unfit to plead.

Allegations are that on August 16, Campbell robbed the complainant, Ilene Morris, of a bag containing a Samsung cellular phone, which is valued at $7,000. It is further alleged that Miller later got hold of the phone and sold it to Thompson.

In court, Thompson told Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong-Small that he did not know the phone was stolen at the time he received it.

"This man, Otis (Miller), came to me and said him find a phone in the bus park that him want to sell me," Thompson explained. "Tru me never have no phone, me buy it."

"If you find a phone in a public place, is either that someone lost it, or it's there to trap you," RM Wong Small said to Thompson. He doesn't look to me like he runs a company that sells phones."

When Miller was asked how he came into possession of the phone, he claimed that he had simply got hold of it.

"The phone just come, and I tek it and sell it," Miller told the magistrate.

"The phone just walk come to you and you take it and sell it," Wong-Small said sarcastically, drawing chuckles from the court.

Prior to being deemed unfit to plead, the vocal Campbell, who is believed to have stolen the phones, told the court that it was Miller who appeared with Morris' bag, offering to sell the phones inside.

"I see this man come with the lady's bag, and him take out two phones and say 'Who want a phone to buy?" said an animated Campbell. "I trying to get a work cause I am sick in my head and the garbage pan giving me asthma and I'm schizophrenic."

Thompson was offered bail in the sum of $150,000 bail with two sureties and ordered to report to the Cambridge Police Station every Monday and Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Miller was remanded for sentencing on October 31 while an order was made for Campbell to get a psychiatric appointment.

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