WEDNESDAY, MAY 2: A man who allegedly walked out of Shelly Bay Market Place with two racks of lamb in his jacket will face trial later this year.
Sherman Armstrong, 48, initially pleaded guilty to the offence but a trial date was set after Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner questioned if he should be charged with attempted theft.
He also denied assaulting the manager, Robert Adere, on the same day.
The court heard Mr Armstrong walked into the store on April 21 and was approached by the manager on suspicion of stealing items the day before.
The manager saw him with two racks of lamb in his jacket.
Mr Armstrong went to pay for the items but didn’t pay for the lamb.
He then attempted to leave without paying for it.
The lamb cost $95.
The manager found it tied around his waist in his jacket.
Police came to the scene and when he was arrested, Armstrong said his name was David Burt.
Eventually, he gave his correct name and address.
Mr Warner called the facts “curious”.
After discussing the case with Crown counsel Cindy Clarke, a not guilty plea was entered and the matter was set for trial on September 4.
He was given $2,000 bail.