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December 24, 2012
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January court date for cow thief


A Clarendon man who pleaded guilty to stealing a cow from a farmer, is to know his fate when he returns to the Mandeville Resident Magistrate's Court on January 23, 2013.

Zephaniah 'Zephi' Wright, 34, of Sanguinetti, pleaded guilty before Resident Magistrate Desrene Allayne on Thursday and was remanded.

The cow, which is said to be valued at $80,000, was reportedly stolen three weeks ago by Wright and sold to a purchaser at Mile Gully in Manchester.

The Spaldings police reported that Wright is not the only one behind the stealing of the animal.

The police said this is the fifth reported case of cow theft in Sanguinetti. They have also reported that a number of goats have been reported stolen in recent weeks.

It was reported that since Wright was held, residents have reportedly vowed to take actions in their own hands if he returns to the community.

The police, who have confirmed that Robinson's cow was slaughtered, said the purchaser was questioned but not charged because he purchased it for the correct price and not an undervalued amount.

The police said the purchaser confirmed that the cow was purchased from Wright.

In the meantime, the police are warning people who plan to make purchases of cattle to ensure that those from whom they intend to buy are the legitimate owners, by making the necessary checks for confirmation.

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