Case put off for purse- snatcher

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS - CHRISTO­PHER THOMAS

ASt Ann man, who al­legedly stole a woman’s purse at a church meet­ing, had his case put off un­til De­cem­ber 4 when he ap­peared in the Mon­tego Bay Res­i­dent Mag­is­trate’s Court on Wed­nes­day.

Forty- four- year- old welder Des­burn Cole, of a Philadel­phia ad­dress in St Ann and a Mon­tego Bay ad­dress in St James, is charged with sim­ple lar­ceny, com­mit­ted against Nov­el­ette Mal­colm. His case was de­ferred be­cause the pros­e­cu­tion’s case file was in­com­plete.

Al­le­ga­tions are that, on July 1, at ap­prox­i­mately 8: 20 p. m., Mal­colm placed her purse on a bench in­side the church, where she was at­tend­ing a meet­ing. Cole en­tered, grabbed the bag and ran off.

The next day, act­ing on in­for­ma­tion re­ceived, Mal­colm went to the Sa­vanna- la- mar Po­lice Sta­tion in West­more­land and made a re­port. Fol­low­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions, Cole was taken into cus­tody and un­der­went an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pa­rade in Mon­tego Bay. He was later ar­rested and charged.

“Is the file ready?” Res­i­dent Mag­is­trate Carolyn Tie asked Clerk of the Court Regi­nald Eng­land.

“No, your hon­our, we are ask­ing for two weeks to get a fur­ther state- ment from the com­plainant,” said Eng­land.

“I am go­ing to set it for men­tion on De­cem­ber 4. The file needs to be ready then,” RM Tie de­clared, as she ex­tended Cole’s bail.

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