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March 6, 2014
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Mango thief receives 30-day sentence

A man accused of stealing four mangoes was sentenced to 30 days in prison in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. The Crown alleged that at approximately 4 p.m. on February 16, a security guard on duty alerted patrolling lawmen to a man that was reported to have taken mangoes from a Kingston 6 property he was overseeing.

Subsequently, the police gave chase to the accused, Rohan Smith, who later reported he stole four St Julian mangoes valued at $800 from the property. It is believed that the lawmen found the accused in possession of a knife and a black plastic bag containing the four mangoes.

The accused revealed to the court that he sells bag-juice and oranges for his livelihood.

"And mango?" Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey asked upon hearing the claim.

praedial larceny

Smith, charged with possession of an offensive weapon and praedial larceny, pleaded guilty to both charges.

"You can't go there and pick the people's mangoes," RM Pusey said.

The sitting magistrate sentenced the man to 30 days in prison on both charges. The sentences are to run concurrently. A fingerprint order was also made.

- B.B.

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