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June 23, 2014
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JUTC driver on trial for stealing $650

A Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) driver is to face trial on June 30, after he was accused of stealing $650.

Jermain Welch, who appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court last Friday, pleaded not guilty and had his bail extended.

Allegations are that during a random inspection of tickets on a bus that Welch was driving, revenue officers found several discrepancies involving the bus tickets that he was issuing to passengers.

It is alleged that while the accused was being inspected, he ran from the bus with the cash and was chased by JUTC officials.

When asked why he ran from the bus with the cash, Welch told the court that he was intimidated by the JUTC officials. "It was not strange for them to find those tickets on me, but I was intimidated, and one of the supervisors came over me and said dat if him find a dollar over, me a go prison," the accused said.

Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey, who was listening keenly to the accused, said because he ran, that raised suspicion.

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