Man freed of housebreaking charge

Court Reports

With Raquel Porter

Sunday, December 17, 2017



Three months after Gregory Brown was hauled before the court for housebreaking, he was released.

Brown walked out of the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court a free man last Monday after the charge was dismissed.

Allegations were that on September 14, 2017 the police were contacted around 2:45 am about a suspicious man clad in blue jeans, green shirt and a black hooded sweater, with a knapsack on his back.

Brown was subsequently searched and two screw-drivers, a nipper and binding wires were found inside his knapsack.

When the matter was called up, Brown's attorney Able-Don Foote argued that his client is a contractor by profession who operated on a construction site in close proximity to where he was apprehended, thereby justifying the possession of the implements.

Foote also agrued that the implements in question could not aid in housebreaking nor were they contemplated by the legislator to be criminal items.

Foote told the court that implements analogous to housebreaking were items such as “crow bar, welding torch, cutter or a spear”.

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