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Store owner faces vegetable charges

Broccoli (above) and carrots were allegedly brought to the Island illegally.

Arnold's Markets owner Frank Arnold appeared in Magistrates' Court yesterday charged with illegally importing carrots and broccoli.Mr Arnold pleaded not guilty to two counts of importing the produce between the January 24 and March 9, saying he did not personally import anything.“I'm the owner of the company and I received a summons to come here,” he said. “I did not order or bring anything in personally. I don't know what this is about.”Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner said he believed Mr Arnold was being charged as the owner of the company.However he said the charges were worded in a way that accused Mr Arnold of personally importing the produce.“This is badly drafted,” Mr Warner said. “On the face of it, that cannot be right.“But, if you are alleging that he personally imported this, it is good.”Mr Warner adjourned the matter until today when Crown counsel Carrington Mahoney said the prosecution would be in a better position to protect their position.Mr Warner said to Mr Arnold: “For now, you said not guilty, and we are going to leave it at that.”