From the Courts
January 7, 2014
Cane End resident admits to stealing, selling brother’s pig

His financial pressures were just too much for Michael Thomas, so he did the unthinkable.{{more}}

Thomas, a Cane End resident, stole one of his brother’s pigs and sold it so that he could make ends meet.

Thomas admitted this to Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias yesterday, when he pleaded guilty to stealing the pig at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court.

However, Thomas was kept in custody until today, when he is expected to return to court for sentencing.

According to the facts, on December 21, at Jonas Mountains in Carriere, the complainant secured his animals and left. On his return on December 23, he discovered that one of his pigs was missing. He made several checks, but did not find it.

The matter was then reported to the Mesopotamia Police Station and investigations into the matter led to Thomas. When arrested, Thomas told police officers that he loosed the pig that was tied on the land and sold it at the Mesopotamia meat stall.

In court, Thomas said he has been without a job for several months. He further added that he sought the help of family members, but help was not forthcoming and that he had expenses to cover. Thomas said he would repay his brother for the animal or replace the pig, if he wishes.

The magistrate then requested the presence of Thomas’ brother in court today, to decide if he wants payment or his pig replaced.(KW)