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April 14, 2014
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Man gets nine months for housebreaking

Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter

A man accused of breaking into a house and making off with several items, ranging from a laptop to costume jewellery, was sentenced to nine months in prison when he appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on recently.

He is Dwayne Donaldson, charged with housebreaking and larceny and receiving stolen property.

The Crown alleged that on the day in question, Donaldson is alleged to have broken into the female complainant's house and made off with a Dell laptop computer, a Sony camera, six female watches and several articles of jewellery with an approximate value of US$4,500.

The court heard that police found Donaldson in possession of the laptop and several pieces of costume jewellery just an hour after the break-in.

The accused man told Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey that he had purchased the items just hours before he was picked up by the police.

RM Pusey rejected the man's claims as reports suggest that he was accosted by police just an hour after the incident.

Subsequently, the man insisted that he had purchased the items from a 'coke head'.

"Is there any reason you shouldn't go to jail for it? Because if you go and buy laptop from 'coke head'" RM Pusey remarked.

Dismissing the housebreaking and larceny charges, the sitting magistrate sentenced Donaldson to nine months in prison for receiving stolen property.

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