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Aspiring singer received stolen jewellery

A 24-year-old yesterday denied stealing jewellery from a friend’s mother, but admitted receiving the stolen items.

Orande Darrell-Dillas, from Loyal Hill, told the court through a lawyer that he had nothing to do with the theft, and just happened to be in the cash for gold store with the man who traded it in by coincidence.

According to prosecutor Larissa Burgess, the complainant noticed on November 17 that around $3,200 of jewellery had been removed from her Pembroke home.

That same day, the defendant and another man attended a cash for gold store to sell jewellery. Ms Burgess said that the defendant didn’t have identification on him, so the second man filled in the forms, and was paid $20 for his effort.

The complainant was able to identify the jewellery traded in as that which was stolen from her home, but most of the items were broken or damaged.

The complainant was also able to identify Darrell-Dillas as a friend of her son, saying he had visited her home two days before she noticed the jewellery was missing.

Duty counsel Oonagh Vaucrosson told the court that the defendant is an aspiring singer, and was intending to travel to Atlanta for a course but has set back the trip due to the matter before the court.

Regarding the offence, Ms Vaucrosson said that Darrell-Dillas didn’t realise the jewellery was stolen, and was only happened in the store because he was getting a ride with a friend.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner responded that the story didn’t make sense to him, adding: “If he is remorseful, come clean.”

He ordered a social inquiry report be carried out on Darrell-Dillas prior to sentencing, releasing the defendant on $3,000 bail with a like surety. The matter is expected to return to court next month.

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Published January 11, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 10, 2013 at 10:57 pm)

Aspiring singer received stolen jewellery

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