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Lime thief ‘poses’ for the camera

RANDY BENNETT, [email protected]

Lime thief ‘poses’ for the camera

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It’s not often that a thief readily allows the person whose property he stole to take his picture.

However, that was the option which O’Neal Sylvester Farmer chose after being caught stealing limes late last year.

When he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court yesterday, the 36-year-old, of No. 122 Midway Lane, The Pine, St Michael, pleaded guilty to stealing a quantity of limes valued $50 belonging to Elvin Sealy last December 17.

Prosecutor Sergeant Cameron Gibbons told the court Sealy’s wife alerted him that someone was in the orchard stealing limes.

When he went outside, and saw Farmer, he discharged his licensed firearm into the ground, causing the man to flee.The complainant got into his car and drove behind Farmer, eventually catching up with him. After dropping the bag of limes, Farmer gave Sealy his name and address and allowed him to take a photo.

The matter was reported to police and Farmer was arrested.

Farmer’s attorney, Andrew Willoughby, told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant his client had been through the traumatic experience of having a firearm discharged at him.

He said the limes had been returned to the owner, and asked the magistrate not to jail Farmer, who told the court he climbed trees and sold coconuts for a living.

Before placing him on a bond to keep the peace for six months, the magistrate cautioned him not to trespass on people’s properties.

“You should go on the trees that you are permitted to climb,” she advised.

If Farmer breaches the bond, he will have to pay $300 forthwith or spend eight weeks in prison. (RB)