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June 12, 2014
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Man accused of snatching fish gets bail extended

Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter

A man accused of stealing four live fish from a garden pond located on the grounds of a tertiary institution, had his bail extended when he appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Charged with simple larceny of fish is 24-year-old Barrington Lamar Blackwood.

Reports are that on May 20, at approximately 4:18 a.m., the accused went to the pond where he used a line and hook to catch four fishes.

The accused claimed to be a third year Marine Biology student at the institution, insisting that he was given permission by a lab demonstrator to remove the fishes from the pond.

According to the investigating officer, security guards on watch at the institution observed the accused loitering in the vicinity of the main library on the campus. It is believed that Blackwood then made his move when he thought the security guards had left the area. Upon being accosted, when asked what he was doing, Blackwood said that he was feeding the fishes, later attempting to make a getaway on his bicycle, the officer said.

Subsequently, Blackwood had his bail extended by Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey, and was ordered to return to court on June 17. A fingerprint order was also made.

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