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Accused thief to stand trial Sept 3

Published:Saturday | August 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WESTERN BUREAU:A St James man, who was reportedly held with stolen appliances from the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, has been remanded in police custody until September 3, when his case will be tried.

Forty-two-year-old mechanic Christopher Wallace, of an Orange address, had previously pleaded not guilty to the charge of receiving stolen property. He was denied bail and remanded in custody, following his appearance in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

It is alleged that sometime last month, Wallace removed a fan, a computer, a monitor, and a CD player from the Cornwall Regional Hospital. On being spotted by a security guard, Wallace dropped the items and ran but was subsequently held and later charged.

On Tuesday, Clerk of the Court Yanique Henry opposed bail for Wallace on the grounds that he was a patient of the Cornwall Regional Hospital's mental health ward.

"He has schizophrenia and would pose a danger to himself and others around him. He is a patient at the psych ward," Henry told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie regarding Wallace.

But attorney-at-law Karl Singh, who is representing Wallace, disputed the allegations against his client.

"He was there (at the hospital) that day to collect his medication. He was told by the security guard to go to the police station and pick up some boxes. He picked up the boxes, and the security saw him and he dropped the boxes. I am not instructed that he ran," said lawyer Singh.

"I am not minded to change his status," Tie replied. "You will be brought back to court on September 3. The case will be tried on that day," the magistrate told Wallace before he was taken back into custody.

- Christopher Thomas