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Four young men deny house breaking charges

Four defendants from Hamilton Parish were formally charged in Magistrates’ Court with breaking into a home and stealing goods.

Sean Burchall, 21, Denzil Chase, 18, Dejaun Somner, 21 and Jahcari Francis, 16, entered not guilty pleas to the charge which will be dealt with in the lower court.

The items stolen included a Samsung Tablet worth $629, a X-Box video console worth $350, and iPad worth $430, a DVD player, gold jewellery, money in notes and coins and two adaptors.

They were also charged with dishonestly receiving stolen goods on January 29.

Burchall was further charged with breaking into a hotel room at Grotto Bay Hotel on December 1, which he denied.

Items stolen included a Mac computer, a bottle of bourbon and other items worth an estimated $1,100.

Chase faces an additional charge of breaking into a home in Smith’s on November 28 and stealing a gold ring worth $4,000, a string of pearls, a Coach handbag, credit cards, a chequebook and cash.

Crown counsel Susan Mulligan told the court that the Smith’s resident who was robbed was an 82-year-old woman who was asleep when the break-in occurred.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner released all four defendants on $5,000 bail with one surety each with conditions.

The defendants were ordered to be monitored 24-hours-a-day at a “stated and acceptable address”.

Said Mr Warner: “Those who cannot give a suitable address, too bad. I’m not being callous, I’m just being realistic.”

When asked if the defendants would be allowed to report to work or go to home school, Mr Warner replied: “No, it’s a house arrest.”

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Published February 02, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated February 01, 2013 at 10:24 pm)

Four young men deny house breaking charges

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