Lime thief gets off with a warning

A 36-year-old man, who spent the weekend at Dodds, after he was unable to secure a surety, has pleaded guilty to praedial larceny.

When O’neal Sylvester Farmer, of No. 122 Midway Lane, Pine, St Michael, appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant today he explained that he had no one to post bail on his behalf and as such entered a guilty plea to the charge of stealing a quantity of limes worth $50, belonging to Elvin Sealy.

On December 17, 2017, Sealy was alerted that someone was stealing limes from his tree. When he ventured to the area he encountered Farmer, who ran off. Sealy quickly caught up with him and asked Farmer for his name and address, which he gave. Farmer also consented to Sealy taking a picture of him, but it was not clear whether this was before or after Sealy had discharged a licenced firearm at the scene.

Today, attorney Andrew Willoughby mitigated on Farmer’s behalf, asking the magistrate to impose a bond on the accused man who he said went through “a traumatic experience when the gun went off”.

He also pointed out that the limes were returned to the owner.

The lawyer further accepted that Farmer should have known better than to commit the act, but said his client had a difficult life.

Farmer must now be on his best behaviour for the next six months. If he breaches the bond he will have to pay a $300 forthwith fine or spend eight weeks in prison.

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