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Conman confesses


HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON

Conman confesses

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Conman Ricardo Cortez Browne, who sweet-talked his way into the homes of elderly people, convincing them to part with sums ranging from $100 to $1 450, cried on cue when he appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The 58-year-old painter, of St Michael, facing 24 theft and burglary charges, had just sought to convince the court that he had a major cocaine addiction, and that HMP Dodds was not the place for him. Thirteen of the charges were in District A’s jurisdiction, four in Holetown and seven in Oistins’ jurisdiction.

He pleaded guilty to those in District ‘A’, which targeted people living in Government Hill, Grazettes, Holders Land, Black Rock, Westbury Road and Bayville, all in St Michael.

He took the court back to the first time he smoked the illegal drug and said he spent $800 that first night.

Browne said he eventually walked into Verdun House in 2004 and managed to remain “clean” for two years. However, he relapsed after partying with friends. (HLE)

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