Goat thief feels the full brunt of the law

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St Mary farmer is to be sentenced on Thursday, December 22 after he pleaded guilty to larceny of two goats that belonged to another farmer.

The accused man, Clarence Brown appeared before the St Mary Parish Court on Thursday, December 15.

Allegations are that on Friday, December 2, the complainant, who reared goats, went to his farm in the Jeffrey Town area of St Mary. When he reached his farm, he realized that his goat pen had been broken into two. He also observed that his male goat, valued at $10,000 was missing and his female goat valued at $4,000 was also missing.

The complainant later carried out his own investigations which led him to the house of Clarence Brown and his brother, Leroy Brown, who was not apprehended.

The ram goat, that had been missing, was later found at the premises.

On December 3, the brother of the complainant found Clarence Brown and he contacted the Gayle police. Brown was later taken to the Highgate police station where an officer spoke to the accused, Brown.

On December 4, Brown was then taken to the Gayle police station, where he was charged for larceny of goats.

The crown prosecutor revealed that Brown told the police under caution that “Anuh mi tek di goat dem…”

Brown had also told the police under caution that on the day in question, men in a car were looking goats to buy and it was two other men who stole the goats. He also told the lawmen that the driver had gone with the female goat to Stony Hill.

In court on Thursday, Brown pleaded guilty to the charge of larceny of goats.

His attorney pleaded with acting senior parish judge Yvette Wentworth-Miller that his client had taken the responsibility for the goats although he had explained that that it was others who took the goats.

The attorney further argued that his client was also a small farmer and had crops in the field that needed to be reaped, but due to him being in custody, he could not reap the crops and has suffered a lost himself.

The attorney further pointed out that at least one of the goats has been retrieved and the complainant has not suffered total loss. He further pleaded to Judge Wentworth-Miller to consider the fact that his client said that he had not damaged the pen and had not stolen the goat.

Judge Wentworth-Miller told the complainant, who was also present in court that she was ordering a social enquiry report for the accused man before sentencing was handed down

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