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December 10, 2013
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'Nice, honest youths' sentenced for larceny
Two men who claimed to be 'nice and honest youths' were sentenced to 18 months in prison when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Charged with simple larceny are 26- year-old Mark Brown from a Kingston 4 address, and 48-year-old Clarence Ricketts of a Kingston address.

It is alleged that between November 30 and December 1, both accused went on a premises on Ripon Road, Kingston 5, and stole 15 ply boards valued at $45,000.

A very talkative Brown told the court, "Is four I tek, and he (Ricketts) tek 11. The promise I make was to give it back, being a nice and honest youth," to which the court erupted in laughter.

He also told the court, "We carry and give him (the complainant) every single piece, being a nice and honest youth. Your Honour, dem all beat we up and bax we up! Mi get all ah bax and mi ears ring!"

Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey asked the pair "Why would they do that to an honest guy?" to which Brown responded, "I don't know why?" sparking another bout of laughter throughout the courtroom.

When asked by Pusey why they took the boards, again Brown explained, "Dem just put down, no security was there."

A fingerprint order was made and both men were sentenced to prison.

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