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August 5, 2014
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Man charged with larceny for stealing chains

Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter

A man accused of stealing two chains, one gold and one silver, was remanded when he appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Charged with larceny from the person is 19-year-old Javier Lewis, who pleaded guilty to the offence.

Allegations are that on the day of the incident, the female complainant was sitting inside her motor vehicle along a thoroughfare, when Lewis is alleged to have approached, forcing his arm through the window of the car, snatching the two chains from around her neck.

Later, police officers who searched the accused man allegedly found both pieces of jewellery in his shoes, wrapped up in between his toes. He was subsequently arrested and charged.

"I was sitting in my vehicle, and I had cracked the window because of the heat. It was one blow to my chest," said the complainant, adding that a fight ensued between them through the window, which was ajar.

"So there was violence involved?" asked Resident Magistrate (RM) Georgiana Fraser, to which the complainant replied in the affirmative.

The court heard that both chains were damaged during the alleged theft, resulting in two pendants being misplaced.

"Can they be easily repaired?" RM Fraser asked.

"The pendants are missing," responded the complainant.

RM Fraser turned her attention to the accused, stating that his sentence would be greatly mitigated if he explored the option of restitution, to which he agreed.

Subsequently, the sitting magistrate ordered the accused man remanded until September 9, pending sentencing. A fingerprint order was also made.

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