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Three years for Lescott

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It was only when Lamont Lescott heard that he was being sentenced to three years imprisonment after pleading guilty to burglary, that he told Chief Magistrate Sonya Young that he had never pleaded guilty to the charge.{{more}}

“Your worship, lemme say something na. Me ain’t plead guilty to the matter. I plead not guilty…,” the Ottley Hall resident said.

A stunned Chief Magistrate said she distinctly heard Lescott enter a guilty plea when his matter was called up.

“After all the facts were read and the case was going on, you are now telling me you pleaded not guilty. The matter has already gone too far. You have the right to appeal if you wish to do so,” Young said.

Lescott appeared at the Serious Offences Court yesterday and was charged with entering Bonadie #2 Supermarket and stealing a quantity of items, including laptops and chargers, among other appliances, valued at over $8,000.

The offence was committed between December 25-26, 2011.

The court heard that the business owner secured the supermarket on the 25th and returned the next day, only to discover that one of the doors was smashed and the area where the manager sits was ransacked.

Police subsequently arrested Lescott, who initially denied the charge, but later admitted that he had broken into the business place, according to the police statement.

None of the items have been recovered.

Another man, also charged in the matter, was recently sentenced to two years in jail.(KW)

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