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Men accused of stealing cell site batteries remanded

Friday, June 20, 2014    

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TWO men who were allegedly found in a car with 10 cell tower batteries belonging to telecommunications company LIME, were on Wednesday denied bail in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

Forty-six-year-old Leon Rainford, a taxi driver of a Kingston address, and Mark Francis, 47, labourer of a Spanish Town, St Catherine, were allegedly held on June 6 at a gas station in downtown Kingston with the batteries in a car belonging to Rainford.

Both men were initially charged with unlawful possession of property, but the charge was later upgraded to receiving stolen property.

Attorney Damian Clark, who is representing Rainford, told the court during a bail application Wednesday that his client had no knowledge about the batteries and that he had only responded to a call to pick up two men on Highway 2000.

Clarke told the court that when his client got to the location, he saw two men who put the batteries in the car and that only one of the men travelled with his client. Clarke said that his client later stopped at a gas station to repair his car tyre when the police came and searched the van and found the batteries.

But Pusey told him that his client should have reconsidered once he saw the batteries.

"Not so long ago it was on the news that Digicel and LIME were losing batteries, people take them to put in their car and power dem music," she said.

Moreover, she said, "People don't steal batteries unless they have means of transport."

The magistrate then told the court that she was not minded to grant the men bail and remanded them in custody until July 16.

-- Tanesha Mundle

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