Man admits trespass and theft
A 23-year-old Warwick man who initially denied trespassing and theft changed his plea to guilty in Magistrates' Court this morning.
Ajani Albuoy-Lovell had pleaded not guilty to the offences when he appeared in court yesterday.
Kierron Spencer, 24, of Hamilton Parish, who faced the same charges, maintained his not guilty plea.
Both men are accused of trespassing and stealing jewellery and other goods worth $15,750 from a residence on St David's Road, St George's, and jewellery worth $1,775 from a residence on Knapton Hill, Smith's.
Prosecutor Susan Mulligan told the court that a neighbour saw a man sitting on a bike in the driveway of the home on St David's Road, at around 1pm on December 23.
The neighbour's girlfriend then allegedly saw a second man exit the home.
They gave a description of the men, the bike, and a partial licence plate number to police, who apprehended Albuoy-Lovell and Mr Spencer.
Ms Mulligan said that several items of jewellery were recovered, along with a hammer, a screwdriver, socks and a pair of gloves.
Further stolen items were also recovered from the immediate area where the bike was stopped.
Ms Mulligan added that Mr Spencer admitted driving Albuoy-Lovell to both properties, but denied taking part in the burglaries.
The court heard that both men have previous convictions and Albuoy-Lovell is on probation until June, 2015.
Both men were remanded into custody and Mr Tokunbo ordered a drug assessment and social inquiry report for Albuoy-Lovell before his sentencing on February 19.
Due to the nature of the offence Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo refused an application for bail by Mr Spencer, and set a trial date for January 22.