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Man accused of stealing from hotel room awaits lawyer

Published:Saturday | July 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer


The case against a St James man, who is accused of stealing an iPod, money, and jewellery from a hotel room in Montego Bay, has been set for mention on August 15, to allow him time to get a lawyer.

Ffrench, who is of a Montego Bay address, is charged with burglary and larceny. He was remanded following his appearance in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday after it was disclosed that he did not have a lawyer to represent him.

It is alleged that Ffrench went on to the grounds of the Secrets Resort property recently and broke into a guest's hotel room, where he stole several items, including an iPod, €1,000 (J$152,653), US$500 (J$56,085.31), and items of jewellery. Ffrench was subsequently caught and the iPod and jewellery were recovered.

On Monday, Clerk of the Court Natalie Malcolm told Resident Magistrate Wilson Smith that Ffrench had no legal representation.

"When the matter was before the court last Monday, I was made to understand that Mr George Duncan was his attorney. I am now told that Mr Charles Sinclair is his attorney, but Mr Sinclair indicates that he does not represent Mr Ffrench in this matter," said Malcolm.

"If you cannot afford a lawyer, let the clerk know," RM Smith told Ffrench.

"I have a lawyer, but there is some issue between my family and the lawyer," Ffrench said.

The case was subsequently set for mention on August 15, to allow Ffrench to confirm his legal representation