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January 2, 2014
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Man sentenced for cleaning out colleague's bank account

A twenty-seven-year-old man was sentenced to nine months behind bars after he was charged with cleaning out his colleague's bank account.

Yohan Hamilton of a St Catherine address, pleaded guilty to simple larceny when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

It is alleged that on January 2, last year, Hamilton stole the complainant's debit card from his bag after he completed an electrical job on a premises belonging to a relative of the accused.

According to the complainant, at about noon the accused accompanied him to an ATM where he withdrew $700 to purchase lunch for himself and the complainant who had asked him to purchase the meal, as he claimed to not have any money.

The complainant stated that he saw the accused looking over his shoulder as he entered his pin into the machine and also looked at his receipt and commented, "A suh much money you have, you win it out a race!"

He also stated that when he went to change his clothes after completing his work, he saw Hamilton searching his bag, but did not notice that his card was missing until February 11 when he attempted to purchase medication.

The complainant went to his bank to report the card stolen, when it was revealed that his account was emptied of over $156,000.

A report was made to the police and Hamilton was subsequently questioned and charged.

When asked by Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey why he stole money, the accused stated, "I used the money to spend on my daughter."

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