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January 20, 2014
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Court hears ... Burglar poses as gardener - Tries to trick cops by watering plants

A 20-year-old man accused of breaking into a house and stealing 11 cell phones and a pair of socks, was last Thursday ordered to return for trial at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

The accused man who is from Kingston, was reportedly held watering the lawn of a home next door the house he is accused of robbing.

Allegations are that the accused, who is charged with housebreaking and larceny, broke into the complainant's home and made off with the items. Upon escaping, an alarm was made to nearby policemen. In an attempt to evade the lawmen, the accused reportedly jumped the fence into the yard next door and turned on a hose to water plants posing as a gardener. He was detained, questioned and later charged.

"I was next door picking some ackee in a tree. Mi a pick di ackee wid two lime because is a pot me did a go run," the accused said after pleading not guilty.

In response to the accused man's defence, Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey said: "Yuh see how people think stealing ackee is legal?"

The accused was ordered to return to court on January 27 for trial.

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