Decision reserved on lemon theft

Thursday February 13, 2020 Written by Published in Crime
Last year young planters raised concerns as their hard work were stripped by those alleged to have been stealing from their plantations. 19071801 Last year young planters raised concerns as their hard work were stripped by those alleged to have been stealing from their plantations. 19071801

Two deny stealing 10 kilos of lemon worth $50 from a Titikaveka farm. 

The Justices of the Peace have reserved their decision on two teenagers alleged to have stolen around $50 worth of lemons from the Wigmore Farm in Titikaveka.

Jonathan Bailey faces a charge of theft while Naomi Ann Holmes faces a charge of aiding and abetting. They appeared before Justices of the Peace Bernice Manarangi, Carmen Temata and Georgina Williams.

The two are alleged to have stolen around 10 kilos of lemons from the Wigmore Farm. 

However, defence counsel Keykore Ahsin, argued that his two clients were heading to Sam Napa Jr’s home to get a pair of shoes.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo in his opening submission said the two were charged with theft and could face the maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.

At the defence trial yesterday, Ben Reyes took the stand as a prosecution witness. Reyes an employee of Wigmore Farm said he was feeding the pigs when he saw the two defendants enter the farm on their bikes on October 6, last year.

Reyes said he approached them and asked what they were doing, however he did not get a reply.

He said he looked in the sack and saw some ripe and green lemons. The sack was next to the bike parked near the lemon tree.

Reyes said when he advised them he would call his boss, the two asked if they could go and leave the lemons.

He said they alleged that the lemons were not from the Wigmore farm.

Defence lawyer Ahsin asked Reyes if he assumed that his clients had stolen the lemons. 

Reyes replied: “I don’t think so.”

Ahsin said that his clients had no intention to pick lemons but were on their way to Sam Napa’s home to get a shoe. 

He argued that his clients said the lemons were from somewhere else.

Reyes said, the road to Napa’s residence was not through the plantation.

Owner of Wigmore Farms, Arama Wigmore said that on the day of the incident he received a call from Reyes informing him of the two individuals being on the farm.

Wigmore, who was at the store at that time, said he immediately went to the farm where he met the two accused and asked what they were doing on his farm.

“They said- just hanging around. I saw a sack of lemons, beside the bike that was beside the lemon trees.”

Wigmore said the bike was parked 25 meters away from the road and Sam Napa’s residence was 400 metres away from the farm.

He said the sack was not full and weighed 10 kilos valued at $50.

The decision will be delivered on March 10.

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