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January 16, 2014
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Man gets 18 months for stealing cow
GEORGE HENRY, STAR Writer

A man who allegedly stole another man's cow in Clarendon, and failed to make restitution after promising to do so, was sentenced to 18 months hard labour when he appeared in the Mandeville Resident Magistrate's Court recently.

Zephaniah 'Zephi' Wright, 35, of Fearon, Sanguinetti in Clarendon, who pleaded guilty to praedial larceny in the Mandeville Resident Magistrate's Court in December 2012, was sentenced to 18 months at hard labour in late December.

THE STAR understands that Wright, who was granted $40,000 bail in his own surety, was given time by Resident Magistrate Desrene Alleyne to come up with $120,000 to pay a Clarendon farmer for a cow he stole from his property in 2012. He, however, failed to return to court in May last year to pay the sum. Subsequently, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

It is learnt that the 'cow thief' was picked up by the police at his home at Fearon in Sanguinetti three weeks ago, and was placed behind bars after he was sentenced without reappearing in court.

The Spaldings police who investigated the matter reported that Wright was not the only one behind the stealing of the animal. They say a woman who uses a number of different names, including Violet Burton-Johnson and Rose Richards, was said to be the mastermind behind a cow-stealing ring and other crimes committed in sections of Clarendon and Manchester.

The police also reported that the stealing of the cow was the fifth reported case of cow stealing committed in the Sanguinetti community during the period. Several goats were also reported stolen from the community over several weeks.

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