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September 4, 2014
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After being robbed by a man he employed to work on his house, a complainant asked the court to have mercy on the accused when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Pleading guilty to simple larceny is tradesman Kempton Soares of a Kingston address.

According to reports, on August 16 at about 5:30 a.m., Soares reportedly stole a 28-inch black and grey Phillips television valued at $25,000 belonging to the complainant.

He was seen walking along Constant Spring Road shortly after with a black plastic bag on his shoulder. He was accosted by the police and searched. It was revealed that the plastic bag contained the television.

The complainant pleaded with Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey on behalf of his colleagues, "he is a tradesman, his co-workers are still working on my house. I am asking you to not send him to prison, his co-workers are begging for him."

He continued, "it was a momentary lack of judgement," to which RM Pusey quipped, "it was a positive act of dishonesty!"

She then turned to the accused and warned, "you must not bite the hand that feeds you."

Soares was given a suspended sentence for nine months for three years.

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