Falklands : GUILTY PLEA IN REYNOLDS DAIRY THEFT CASE
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 08.09.2010 (Article Archived on 22.09.2010)
Kevin Reynolds, former manager of Stanley Dairy Ltd, has pled guilty in a Fremantle, Australia court for the theft of £38,000.00 worth of dairy equipment from the Falkland Islands Development Corporation.
GUILTY PLEA IN REYNOLDS DAIRY THEFT CASE
By J. Brock (FINN)
Kevin Reynolds, former manager of Stanley Dairy Ltd, has pled guilty in a Fremantle, Australia court for the theft of £38,000.00 worth of dairy equipment from the Falkland Islands Development Corporation. He was remanded in custody until 08 October 2010 when he will be sentenced.
Initially both Kevin and Leone Reynolds appeared in court, first on 03 April 2009 when the case was adjourned so the Reynolds’ could obtain legal representation. They appeared again on 01 May 2009 when further charges relating to breaches of Australia’s quarantine laws and again on 29 May 2009. This was after a combined police operation between the Royal Falkland Islands Police and Interpol Unit at the Australian Federal Police as well as the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
Among the items confiscated were a homogeniser valued at £28,000 and an egg incubator (£300). Detective Constable Jane Hannan of the Fremantle Detectives Office explained that on March 24, the Fremantle Detectives Office executed a search warrant under the provisions of the Criminal Investigation Act at ‘Luckens Fumigation Services’ in North Fremantle where the container was stored and as a result of the search, a significant amount of dairy equipment and property was located and seized for further enquiries. FIDC, the property owners, had identified the property as belonging to the dairy.
The Reynolds’ left the Falklands in January 2009 but it wasn’t until 7 February 2009 that another related incident caused an audit of equipment left in the Falklands after the couple’s departure.
It is as yet not known whether Mrs Reynolds still faces charges alongside her husband. This story will be updated when further facts are known.