Bennett owns up to stealing potatoes

COURT TODAY BLOCKActing Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch sentenced a St John man to 18 months in jail today, after he confessed to five counts of stealing sweet potatoes from two St Philip plantations.

Ian Emmerson Bennett, 41, of Cliff, St John pleaded guilty to the offences before the District ‘C’ Magistrates Court earlier today.

Unemployed Bennett stole 25 rods of the produce sometime between September 23 and 24 last year from Edgecumbe Plantation. He also hit Sunbury Plantation four times, making off with a total of 46 rods and an additional 25 pounds of sweet potatoes, all between last April and November.

Bennett admitted to police during an interview that he sold the ground provision to persons in the Church Village, St. Philip area each time.

In one instance, the manager checked the fields at 4 a.m but when he returned at 4. 30 a.m. the field was 20 rods short.

Bennett was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on four counts of theft but he will have to spend an additional three months in jail after it was discovered that he failed to pay a $750 fine imposed since 2011.

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