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February 7, 2013
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Mechanic denies attempted larceny charge

A 56-year-old mechanic who is accused of attempting to steal a motor car from a parking lot in downtown Kingston, maintained his innocence in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Charged with attempted larceny of a motor vehicle is Donovan Phillips who was remanded until February 15.

There was much laughter in the courtroom as the defendant tried to defend himself making use of legal jargon as he made reference to the Larceny Act.

Among other things, he argued that he did not actually commit an unlawful act.

However, the defendant's argument was soon countered by Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey who advised him that, under the law, the crime which he is charged with is described as an inchoate offence. This means it was an attempted offence which was not allowed to be completed.

I will prove it

"I was never in proximity of the car. I will prove it at the trial," Phillips argued.

According to the prosecution, on the day of the incident, police control sent out a radio bulletin informing cops about a man acting suspiciously at a parking lot in downtown.

A police officer responded speedily and approached the defendant in a parking lot where he observed the defendant reportedly attempting to open the door of a white Toyota car.

The defendant reportedly had a large bunch of car keys in his hand.

It was reported that the cop asked the defendant if the car was his and he said no.

Following further investigations, he was arrested.

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