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Two years for stealing pork

regionalporkcartKINGSTON — A butcher who mysteriously disappeared after taking just under $1 million worth of pork on credit from farmers in two different parishes was yesterday sentenced to two years in prison.

Forty-nine-year-old Vincent Mason, otherwise called “Chappie”, was sentenced by Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court. Mason had previously pleaded guilty to four counts of obtaining credit by fraud.

The court had heard that between December of last year and this February, Mason took a total of $964,490 worth of pork from three farmers in St. Thomas and one in Clarendon.

Mason, the court was told, promised the farmers that he would repay them as soon as the meat is sold off. However, he went into hiding for some time before he was collared.

Yesterday before he was sentenced, Mason begged the magistrate to give him some time in order for him to pay back the complainants, but she refused.

Yesterday, Pusey told Mason that what he did was serious, pointing out that praedial larceny was a big problem in the island. She then asked Mason if he had any previous conviction, to which the butcher responded that he had been charged for collecting $10,000 from another farmer for meat.

Pusey, after hearing that, then slapped him with the two-year sentence. (Observer)

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