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February 21, 2014
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Accused purse snatcher faces court March 26
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer


A St Ann man accused of stealing a woman's purse during a church meeting last year, had his case deferred to March 26 when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court Wednesday.

Desburn Cole, a welder from Philadelphia but who also resides in Montego Bay, is charged with simple larceny against Novelette Malcolm. His bail was extended as his case file was still incomplete.

The allegations are that on July 1, 2013, approximately 8:20 p.m., Malcolm placed her purse on a bench inside a church where she was attending a meeting. Cole reportedly entered, grabbed the bag and ran off.

The next day, acting on information received, Malcolm went to the Savanna-la-mar Police Station in Westmoreland, and made a report. Following investigations, Cole was arrested and charged.

Clerk of the court Natalie Malcolm told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie that a number of statements had yet to be added to the file.

This revelation did not go over well with Cole's lawyer, Ronald Parris, who said that the matter had come before the court on four previous occasions.

"This is the fifth time and we still have no copies of the statements The Crown has no case," Parris argued. "In four weeks, if they are not ready, they must throw out the case."

The matter was subsequently set for March 26, at which time the file is expected to be completed.

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