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For stealing 82 ducks from his employer Anderson Ramdial and a Venezuelan national have been slapped with a total of $20,000 in fines.

Ramdial, 33, of Stone Road Extension, Piparo and Yenner Rafael Gonzales of Ben Lomond Village, Williamsville, pleaded guilty to stealing the ducks and six transport crates. Ramdial worked on the duck farm at Stone Road Extension.

The owner Shabeer Khan discovered his ducks valued at $12,300 missing on December 29 as well as the crates valued at $2,700. Khan subsequently reported the theft to the police. Constable Brandon Ragoonanan continued inquires and arrested and charged Ramdial of Stone Road Extension and Gonzales. Both men pleaded guilty to the charges during a virtual appearance before Princes Town Magistrate Indira Misir-Gosine yesterday.

When the magistrate inquired about Ramdial’s black eye, his attorney Petronilla Basdeo alleged he was beaten by people on the farm. She told the magistrate that two wrongs never make a right and that the court was the only authority to impose punishment.

Further submitting that Ramdial was remorseful, Basdeo said he returned the items intact and admitted his guilt. Gonzales was not legally represented while the prosecution was represented by Prosecutor Sgt Shazeed Mohammed.

Ramdial and Gonzales were fined $5,000 on each charge. The magistrate gave them three months to pay their fines, which amounts to each of them paying $10,000, or in default, they would serve six months in prison.