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May 27, 2014
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JUTC driver and brother get six months

A Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) driver and his younger brother were both slapped with six-month prison sentences when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court, last Thursday for stealing petrol from a JUTC bus.

Julian Barnaby, 32, and 26-year-old Durran Barnaby, were arrested on Monday, May 19, and charged with larceny as a servant and simple larceny, respectively, after they were caught red-handed.

The court heard that Julian, who had been employed to the bus company for 12 years, while en route to pick up his JUTC colleagues, drove the state-owned bus around Kingston with his brother and stopped at different locations to steal the fuel from the bus.

The court heard that the men were caught by police officers that had been monitoring them.

Allegations are that petrol valuing approximately $12,000 was recovered from them.

Both men pleaded guilty to the charge and were remorseful of their actions, saying what they did was wrong and that it was the first time that they had done it.

"I admit that what I did was wrong and it is first time I'm trying it, and I get caught," Julian said.

He begged for leniency, advising Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey that he had three small children to care for.

"If you know you have three small children why you gone trouble the JUTC gas?" RM Pusey asked him

"All I have to say is that I agree that it was wrong," his bother, Durran, said.

RM Pusey in handing down sentence, reminded the court of the huge problem that the JUTC is facing with theft.

The arresting officer in the matter was Corporal Darie Wallace from the St Andrew Central Police Division.

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