Taxi man found guilty of steal­ing girl­friend’s gun

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page -

AHanover taxi op­er­a­tor, who was ar­rested by the Lucea po­lice last June for steal­ing his girl­friend’s ser­vice pis­tol, was found guilty when he ap­peared be­fore the Sandy Bay Res­i­dent Mag­is­trate’s Court in Hanover last Thurs­day.

The ac­cused, Mervin Jarrett, other­wise called ‘Kids Meal’ of New Mills com­mu­nity, also in Hanover, was out on $250,000 bail.

Re­ports are that be­tween June 15 and 16, 2019, Jarrett, who had an in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ship with the fe­male se­cu­rity of­fi­cer, re­port­edly slept at her home in Hopewell, and stole her ser­vice pis­tol.

DE­NIED STEAL­ING THE WEAPON

The woman made a re­port to the po­lice and Jarrett, who ini­tially de­nied steal­ing the weapon, was taken into cus­tody and charged in con­nec­tion with the miss­ing gun. He made sev­eral ap­pear­ances in the Hanover Par­ish Court and was granted bail.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors say dur­ing the course of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Jarrett went back to his girl­friend’s home, where he con­fessed to steal­ing the firearm and also re­turned it to her.

The woman re­turned to the po­lice and filed an­other re­port that Jarrett had re­turned the weapon, and he was of­fi­cially charged for lar­ceny of firearm.

Re­ports are that he ap­peared in court on Tues­day with­out le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion and was in­formed by the judge to re­turn on Thurs­day for sen­tenc­ing.

On Thurs­day, he ap­peared be­fore Jus­tice Sharon Barnes, and was found guilty on the charge, and or­dered to re­turn to the next sit­ting of the court for sen­tenc­ing.

One po­lice of­fi­cer told THE STAR that Jarrett could find him­self be­ing sent away to prison for a long pe­riod, as this was not the first in­stance where he has been in hot water with the law.

RU­DOLPH BROWN PHO­TOS

Sol­diers on the streets of Kingston yes­ter­day. Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness said that there has been in­creased criminal ac­tiv­i­ties in ex­tor­tion, es­pe­cially around the down­town mar­ket dis­tricts.

A mem­ber of the se­cu­rity forces searches a man along Arnold Road in Kingston yes­ter­day.

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