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December 23, 2013
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Accused held for unlawful possession offered bail
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

A St Catherine man who was arrested after being found in possession of several diamonds and pieces of gold jewellery was offered bail in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court recently.

Twenty-nine-year-old vendor Dale Anderson, who is originally from Spanish Town, St Catherine, address, is charged with unlawful possession of property. He was given $100,000 bail and had his case set for mention on January 17, 2014.

The court was told that Anderson was arrested in Montego Bay, after he was found to be in possession of 12 pieces of diamond, a gold earring, a gold chain, a gold bar, and US$138, which he could not satisfactorily account for. The date when the arrest took place was not outlined.

During Anderson's bail application, Clerk of the Courts, Natalie Malcolm, expressed concern about an apparent discrepancy in the defendant's address.

"An address was given to the officer, but there is some doubt as to whether he (Anderson) really lives at that address," said Malcolm.

But Anderson's attorney, Chumu Parris, told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie that his client plies his trade in different parts of the island on different days of the week.

"Mr Anderson is of a Spanish Town address, and as part of his trade he sells in the various markets throughout the island. It is his very first time appearing before the court, and we are asking for bail in a reasonable sum," said Parris.

The court was told that the prosecution's case file was ready for trial.

"Bail is offered with three sureties, and he (Anderson) will report at the Barnett Street Police Station every Monday, the Falmouth station every Wednesday, and the Spanish Town station every Saturday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.," said Tie, as she sets the case for mention.

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