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Social enquiry report for man held with stolen electronics

Published:Saturday | November 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM


A St James man, who admitted to being found with a Samsung cellular phone and a laptop that had been stolen from another man, was remanded in police custody when he appeared before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Twenty-three-year-old Clinton Miller, of a Spot Valley address, pleaded guilty to the charge of receiving stolen property when he appeared before presiding magistrate Ann-Marie Granger. His case has been deferred to November 12, during which time, a social-enquiry report is to be prepared to help in determining his sentence.

The court was told that, on September 19, the male complainant locked his house in Barrett Town, St James, and left the premises. When he returned, he discovered that the house had been broken into and the cell phone and laptop were missing.

A report was made to the police and subsequent investigations led to the items being found in Miller's possession. Under caution, he reportedly told the police, "Boss, mi nuh know why mi do it." He was arrested and charged.

On Tuesday, after hearing the circumstances of the case, Granger ordered a social enquiry report to be prepared for the defendant.

"I am thinking that it may be wise to get a social enquiry report. I am told that the short form (to prepare the report) can be prepared within a week ... let us try for November 12."

"Sir, you will be brought back here on November 12," the magistrate addressed Miller, before he was handcuffed and taken back into custody.

- Christopher Thomas