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July 21, 2014
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Bike thief gets twelve months behind bars

A man who is accused of stealing a motorcycle was sentenced to 12 months in prison when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court last Friday.

Charged with simple larceny is Javel Robinson of a Kingston address.

It is alleged that on June 30, Robinson stole the bike, which is the property of the complainant, after he went into a shop to watch a football match.

The accused was then seen by the complainant riding off with the bike, and he was shortly after accosted by the police.

Clarke, who pleaded guilty, at first denied stealing the bike saying, "I went to the shop to buy patty and cocoa bread and was sitting on the bike and some people come and start beat me and seh me a try tief the bike."

Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey asked the accused, "Did you start the bike?" to which he hesitantly responded, "Yes, Your Honour."

"How long have you been in custody?" RM Pusey asked Robinson, "about a month" he responded, to which she declared, "that's what happens when you steal something."

The accused then admitted that it was not his intention to steal the bike, but he was being threatened by a man and intended to use the bike to make his escape.

"Yuh caan see people bike and because you have a problem, yuh tek people bike and ride gone.!" RM Pusey told the accused, to which he pleaded, "Me a beg some leniency, Your Honour."

His request fell on deaf ears, Robinson was sentenced to a year in prison.

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