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July 18, 2014
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Man sentenced for stealing chain
Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter

A man accused of stealing a 10-carat gold chain was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment when he appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Charged with simple larceny is Wayne Williams of an August Town, St Andrew address, who pleaded "not guilty with explanation".

Allegations are that, on the day of the incident, Williams, an acquaintance, entered the complainant's Port Royal, Kingston home and made his way to the second storey unattended. Shortly after, Williams allegedly made his way downstairs, discreetly leaving the premises. The complainant, now suspicious, is believed to have attempted to catch up with the accused man whom he allegedly spotted with the gold chain firmly clasped in his hand. Williams made good his escape thereafter.

In his affirmative defence, Williams insisted that he and the complainant had entered into an arrangement to have the gold chain sold to a third party. He claimed that, after having sold the chain, he tried unsuccessfully for weeks to find the complainant. As a result, he claimed that he was unable to hand over the proceeds from the sale.

The court heard that the chain had sentimental value to the complainant as it was a memento given to him by his late father.

"Your Honour, that chain pass down from my father yu nuh," said the complainant, seemingly hurt by the turn of events.

Subsequently, Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey sentenced Williams to nine months in prison. A fingerprint order was also made.

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