Child’s hunger drives dad to steal

A St Catherine man accused of stealing two weed-cutting machines (weed whackers) from the Jamaica Broilers property in McCooks Pen, pleaded guilty in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Charged with storehouse breaking is Christopher Coke, 37, of Old Harbour.

When the case was called up, Coke pleaded guilty with explanation. He told the court that he did it because he had a child to feed. “Your Honour, the night before the incident my daughter cried herself to sleep due to hunger. I had nothing to give her, so, after walking from Spanish Town, ah stole the things,” Coke said.

He further explained that he was an electrician who worked at times. Resident Magistrate Marcia Dunbar-Green had him remanded until June 29.

Investigating Officer Dwayne Walker of the Spanish Town Police Station told the court that about 10:45 p.m. on April 10, Coke went on to the property, broke into the storeroom and removed the items.

Coke was caught by security guards who handed him over to the police

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