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A man who was taken into custody when he crashed a stolen taxi into the perimeter fence of a church on Lyndhurst Road, St Andrew, last year is now before the court.

Kemar Granville is charged with receiving stolen goods.

Reports are that on December 9, 2018 Granville, purporting to be a passenger, boarded the white Probox motor car in downtown Kingston at approximately 5:00 am.

Granville allegedly stabbed the driver, relieved him of the motor car, and escaped.

But the car had the services of a KingAlarm tracker and an alert was subsequently sent, triggering KingAlarm’s armed response units.

Working with updated locations of the motor car on their in-vehicle tablets, the security guards began tracking the car from Orange Street as it headed towards Cross Roads.

The police were also summoned and the vehicle reportedly stopped on Retirement Road when someone was seen exiting the car. On realising that the vehicle was being followed, the driver sped off.

However, he did not get far.

The vehicle crashed into the perimeter fence at Lyndhurst Methodist Church at the corner of Rousseau Road and Lyndhurst Road.

The owner of the vehicle was subsequently notified.

On Friday when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court Grandville’s father, who travelled from St Elizabeth, told the court that his son is a “mental health patient”.

Granville was subsequently remanded for psychiatric evaluation.

He is expected to be brought back before the court on February 15.

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