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January 25, 2014
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Chain thief was too slow
Could not outrun chaser after grabbing jewellery

Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter

If ever one should resort to boldly stealing jewellery in the street in broad daylight, aspirations to run like Usain Bolt should be in order.

Gary Barrett learnt this the hard way, when he was chased and held after doing just that.

Barrett, who pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of property, larceny from the person and unlawful wounding, was sentenced to six years in prison in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Barrett snatched a chain from the neck of the complainant and fled but was caught by persons who witnessed the crime. In snatching the necklace, Barrett supposedly cut the complainant in the process. The chain, now broken, was recovered from the accused.

When asked by Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey if he had a defence, Barrett responded "I don't have nothing to say".

He later revealed that this was the fourth time he was convicted for larceny from the person.

Upon hearing this, RM Pusey sentenced him to three years for larceny from the person, and three years for unlawful wounding to run concurrently.

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