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July 4, 2014
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Phone-theft case adjourned sine die
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

Dimitri Ffrench, the St. James man who reportedly stole cellular phones from two hotel rooms, last November, walked out of the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court a free man after his case was adjourned yesterday.

Ffrench, of a Montego Bay address, was previously charged with two counts of simple larceny. His case was adjourned sine die (without a day assigned for further hearing) due to the absence of the main witnesses in the matter.

"It is my intention for the matter to be adjourned sine die. the complainants are living overseas so I am asking for the matter to be adjourned sine die," clerk of Court Natalie Malcolm requested of presiding magistrate Ann-Marie Granger, when the case was mentioned yesterday.

However, Ffrench's attorney, Charles Sinclair, sought to go a step further with dismissing the case, arguing that the witnesses had never appeared in court.

"Mr Ffrench came before this court last year, and he was in custody for four months, till he was offered bail. All this time, we have been hearing about these persons, who will be coming, then it was said that they had difficulty travelling. The has been here on at least 13 occasions and we are not seeing it get anywhere," said attorney Sinclair.

"The complainants are very much interested in this matter, I have spoken to them," Malcolm countered.

RM Granger subsequently upheld the prosecution's application for sine dieadjournment.

"The matter is on the mention list, the complainants have not been required to be here, and the clerk has been in touch with them. The matter is adjourned sine die," said RM Granger.

Allegations are that, sometime, in November 2013, Ffrench broke into two rooms at the Holiday Inn Hotel, in Montego Bay, and stole two cellular phones, one of which was valued at US$600 and another valued at US$3,000.

Ffrench was held on the hotel compound with a bag containing the items, and was subsequently arrested.

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