Two young farmers were fined $750.00 each for stealing sheep from another young farmer from Fitz Hughes when they appeared in court this week.
Chateaubelair Farmers, Anthonio Ferdinand,22, and J-ron Isaacs, 21 appeared in the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, February, 22 where they pleaded guilty to a charge of theft.
The men are jointly charged that on February 20, at Richmond they stole three ewe sheep each valued at $500.00, a total value of $1500.00, the property of Tishonn Edwards of Fitz- Hughes.
According to the facts, the virtual complainant is the owner of a flock of sheep that he kept in a savanna, in an area called Walker Field at Richmond.
On February 20, at about 6:00 p.m Edwards secured his flock of sheep in the savanna and went home.
The following say at about 7:00 a.m he returned to tend the animals and met one of his sheep that was left in the savannah outside. He made checks about the farm and he noticed that five of the sheep were missing. Edwards reported the matter to the Chateaubelair Police Station, and PC 1018 Stapleton entertained his report, visited the scene and recorded a statement.
An investigation was carried out and PC Stapleton received information that Ferdinand and Isaacs were holding three of the sheep in the Sharps mountain. Stapleton carried out further investigations and the sheep were retrieved and taken to the Chateaubelair Police Station where they were secured.
The defendants were taken to the police station where they were informed of the report that was made. They were cautioned and interviewed and were later arrested and charged for the offence of theft.
The farmers only admitted to theft of three of the sheep, even though it was reported that five sheep were missing.
Senior Magistrate, Rickie Burnett fined the defendants $750.00 each to be paid by March 31, 2023 or they will each spend three months in prison.
A restitution order was also made.