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November 10, 2012
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Thief hides laptop in fowl coop

An 18-year-old man who stole a laptop and hid it in a chicken coop was granted $40,000 bail when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Charged with larceny from dwelling is Bryan Brown, unemployed, from Kingston 20.

Brown is to return to court on January 11 for sentencing.

As a condition of Brown's bail, he is to report to the Olympic Gardens Police Station every week between the hours of 6 a.m., and 6 p.m.

Resident Magistrate Lorna Shelly-Williams stipulated a curfew for the accused, and also requested social enquiry and school reports.

Allegations are that on the day in question, the accused broke into his sister's room and stole a laptop that is said to be valued at $45,000.

The court heard that the accused, who hid the laptop in a nearby chicken coop, later took the police to the location to recover the stolen item.

When asked by the RM, what could have possessed him to do something like this, Brown said that he didn't intend to steal the laptop.

"I borrowed the laptop to go on the Internet and I didn't intend to steal it, I just wanted to borrow it," Brown said.

The RM gave Brown a stern warning to desist from stealing or else she will ensure that he spends his Christmas holiday behind bars.

In addition, RM Shelly-Williams said that if Brown comes back to her court as an accused on another occasion, she is going to send him to the Metcalfe Street Remand Centre.

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