Paul Gittens, accused of stealing from a former partner, on Thursday told a city court that his jilted ex had framed him for the simple larceny charge.
Gittens, a sandpit operator of Madewini, Soesdyke, was accused of stealing a quantity of household items, including an iron, televisions, a blender, and three music sets, valuing $470,000 in total, from Barbara Ganesh.
He pleaded not guilty to a simple charge when it was read to him by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.
Addressing the court, Gittens said that he had been in a relationship with Ganesh but had eventually ended the relationship. Ganesh, he said, became enraged and had accused him of stealing the items.
However, the items had been given to him by the woman during the relationship.
According to Prosecutor Grant, all the articles had been recovered. Gittens piped in that he had willingly handed them over to the police when they appeared with Ganesh at his home.
Gittens was granted bail and his next court date was given as August 5th, when the case will be called at the Linden Magistrate’s Court for statements.