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Son broke into shop

RACHELLE AGARD, [email protected]

Son broke into shop

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A shop owner, who had reached her wits’ end with her son had him charged with stealing her stock.

Elvis Sylvester Anderson Francois, 41, of Scotts Gap, Brittons Hill, St Michael, admitted to entering Pamela Francois’ house and stealing four Turbo drinks valued $11, and a $1.75 pack of salt nuts on Wednesday.

Prosecutor Sergeant Cameron Gibbons told the District “A” Magistrates’ Court that Elvis lived on the compound in a small shop from which his mother sold food. The complainant for some time had realised her stock was dwindling, and although she questioned her son he denied knowledge of the losses. While she doubted herself, for her peace of mind she changed the locks and refused to allow her son access.

On the day in question, Pamela left home, and returned to find items missing. A report was made and after her son’s prints were found at the scene he admitted to the police he had done the deed.

The cleaner, whose last conviction was in 1996, told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant that he was sorry and would repay his mother for the items.

“When you enter a person’s home and take their property, it is not so much the value of the items, but the violation of the person’s privacy,” the magistrate stated.

She released him on $500 personal bail, and ordered him to return
to court tomorrow with or without a surety. (RA)