CROP CROOK Hayden Ricardo Brathwaite was jailed yesterday for two years, the third potato thief to be incarcerated in three days.
The 42-year-old, of Church Village, St Philip, appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch in the District “C” Magistrates’ Court, located within the Supreme Court Complex, and pleaded guilty to stealing sweet potatoes.
Prosecutor Sergeant Azel Skeete said Brathwaite admitted that he stole the 50 rods of sweet potatoes valued $1 000 and that he sold them to Yvette Butcher, a 48-year-old woman of Chapel No.1 St Philip.
She appeared on Monday on a charge of not having a certificate of purchase for 178 kilogrammes of sweet potatoes, pleaded not guilty and was releasedon $1 000 bail to return to court on June 27.
On March 26, a supervisor of the Armag Farms at Sunbury, St Philip, which grows a variety of agricultural produce, reported seeing two men in the field reaping the sweet potatoes.
On April 11 when Brathwaite was taken into custody, he admitted to the offence and gave a statement under the name of Hayden Mark Brathwaite, but that trick by the repeat offenderwas soon discovered.