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August 11, 2014
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Accused car thief remanded
Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter

A man accused of stealing a car was remanded in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court last Friday. John Williams pleaded not guilty to unlawful possession of a motor vehicle, guilty to fraudulent use of a licence disc and guilty to fraudulent use of a licence plate.

Allegations are that Williams was found with a car with a licence plate and a licence disc taken from another motor car.

Subsequent checks revealed several discrepancies with the vehicle including an engine number that does not correspond to that particular vehicle.

Williams claims he purchased the car and had no prior knowledge of the discrepancie. Several efforts by the police to locate the seller proved futile.

Resident Magistrate (RM) Georgiana Fraser asked Williams if he had been cooperating with the police in locating the alleged third party he claims to have bought the vehicle from.

"I gave him (a police officer) the person's name, Your Honour," Williams said.

Later, Williams admitted using the particulars from his brother's Nissan AD Wagon to move the vehicle from one location to another.

"When I bought the car, Your Honour, the car wasn't in working condition," he said. "The licence plate that is on the car, I borrow it off my brother's wagon."

Williams was remanded until August 20 for sentencing and a mention hearing.

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