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Accused car thief remanded until July 9

COURT TODAY BLOCKLeross Leandre Burnett was not required to plead to a charge of stealing a $47,500 car belonging to Premium Imports 2014 Incorporated, on June 4.

The 26-year-old security guard of Chapman Village, Sturges, St Thomas, was remanded after he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Douglas Frederick today.

Acting Station Sergeant Neville Watson objected to the accused being granted bail, stating that the Burnett’s matter involved dishonesty and he “has a string of antecedents from 2006 to 2011,” 95 per cent of which were of a similar nature as the current charge.

“It shows the irresistible conduct
on the part of the accused to engage in matters of this nature,” Watson added. “Based on the antecedent history and the new charge, it is feared that further allegations of this nature could arise.”

In response, Burnett told the court
that he has a one-year-old son, another on the way and two jobs. He is the only provider for the child, he said.

Asked what he does for a living, Burnett replied that he “works in security”.

“You serious? With convictions for stealing cars and you working in security? These people making sport,” Magistrate Frederick said.

Burnett went on to say that he was not assigned to homes but his boss was giving him “a chance”.

The accused continued that even though he was not disputing his conviction record, he was not responsible for the current offence. Burnett added that he would comply with any conditions imposed by the court.

He was remanded until July 9.

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