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Mango thief gets 10 days in jail
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

A St James man, who admitted to stealing 53 mangoes from another man's property, was sent to jail for 10 days following his appearance in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Keith Farquharson, a labourer, pleaded guilty with explanation to praedial larceny. The court was told that he had trespassed on Cornelius Gardner's property and stole the mangoes, valued at J$7,500. However, it was not disclosed when the incident took place or where Gardner's property was located.

"What kind of mangoes are they?" Resident Magistrate Wilson Smith asked Farquharson, following the defendant's guilty plea.

"I don't know the name, but I picked them up under the tree," said Farquharson.

"Have you ever been convicted in any court before?" asked RM Smith.

"Yes, Sir, 20 years ago, for larceny," Farquharson admitted.

"So you still don't learn your lesson that you mustn't thief," RM Smith quipped.

"Yes, Sir, I learned my lesson," the defendant replied.

"You must plant your own things - 10 days at hard labour," said RM Smith, before Faruqharson was taken out of the courtroom.

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