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November 20, 2012
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Man accused of stealing ackees

A man held by the police with a bag containing six dozen ackees was brought before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's court yesterday to answer to unlawful possession charges.

The accused, Clinton Brown, of a August Town Road address, pleaded not guilty to stealing the ackees as he told the court the ackees came from his tree and that they were picked from Sunday at 4 o' clock.

The court heard that at 6:15 a.m. on Sunday, police personnel spotted Brown riding a bicycle along Mona Road with a white bag containing ackees on his back.

Allegations are that on the approach of the police, Brown began acting suspiciously and when later questioned, he could not give account for the items in his bag.

Brown told Resident Magistrate (RM) Grace Henry McKenzie, "Your Honour, a lie dem a tell pan me enuh. Mi tell di police say a mi ackee and dem beat mi up and mi sickly enuh. Mi tell dem weh mi live and tell dem fi come look pan my ackee tree at my yard cause my ackee a different grade a ackee from anybody else ... A go mi go round and sell dem to markets and restaurant your Honour."

Brown was offered bail in his own surety at $20,000.

RM Grace Henry McKenzie told the accused, "You better come back for your next court appearance."

Brown replied, "Yes your Honour ... I never jump bail yet enuh, mi always come back fi my cases."

He is to return to court on December 12 for mentioning.

A fingerprint order was also made.

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