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May 7, 2014
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Accused thief offered bail

A man who is accused of stealing several items from a house was offered $100,000 bail in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Answering to receiving stolen property, housebreaking, and larceny is Shalome DaCosta from Guava Ridge, St Andrew.

DaCosta pleaded guilty with explanation to receiving stolen property but not guilty to housebreaking and larceny.

It is alleged that on March 26, the complainant left her holiday home in Salt Hill, Mavis Bank, St Andrew. She later discovered that her place-mats, ashtrays and other items were missing from her veranda. The police were notified and the items were found at the accused man's home.

DaCosta, however, denied the allegations, stating he was not responsible for the items being in his house because a relative had rented it out to tenants.

"I don't know anything about that. I was living in. The Bahamas for five years, I returned to Jamaica because I am to get married this month. I came home and gave the people notice and found some of the stuff at my house," he explained.

He told the court an unknown man sold him a table an ashtray for $1,500. The ashtray reportedly belongs to the complainant.

Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey argued, "but all the things were found in your house." The accused responded, "Is a set-up!"

DaCosta, who was ordered to surrender his travel documents, is to return to court for trial on June 10.

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