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Luke Nicholas

Luke Nicholas

Luke Nicholas

Friday, November 7, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting:A Belize City man who took advantage of his brother’s generosity was spared further punishment in the Magistrate’s Court today.

48 year old Luke Antonio Nicholas, charged with handling several items stolen from his brother Bruce Codrington of Hattieville, Belize District, changed his plea to guilty before Magistrate Herbert Panton who released him after stipulating a sentence of time served on remand of six months.

On May 21, 2014, Codrington reported to Hattieville Police that between May 3 and May 21, his 30-by-30 foot zinc garage was broken into.

He provided a list of items stolen, including one drill press, valued at $1,000; one vehicle jack, valued at $400; one mechanic press, valued at $500; and 12 sheets of red galvanized zinc, valued at $150.

Police investigations led to Nicholas, who led them to the drill press and zinc sheets.

He was charged and remanded after being unable to meet bail at his first hearing.

In court today, Nicholas said he had promised his brother not to steal from him again; they had been working together at the time of the burglary.

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