BVI: 3 looters freed after completing 300 hours of community service
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ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Seven persons who were not spared the disciplinary pangs of the justice system after being caught looting from businesses, post Hurricane Irma, had another day in the Magistrate’s Court on December 8, 2017.
Three of the accused are now free while the others are on the hang still.
The seven, men and women, were previously arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court and were committed to 300 hours of community services, which included working at the Magistrate’s Court compound, private residents, streets across the territory, among other places.
However, three of the seven pleaded guilty of the charge of burglarising BVI Communications on September 20, 2017. They are Triston Richardson, 24; Kevin Stevens, 22; and Mekell Delpleche, 22. When they appeared in court on December 8, 2017 they were commended by Magistrate Ayanna O. Baptiste-DaBreo for a job well done as she told the court she was impressed with the level of work they did.
The three who had pleaded guilty were given the option of doing the community service or paying a fine of $3,000.
However, Dwayne Peters, 34; Montgomery Butler, 50; James Watson, 57; and a minor, who all pleaded not guilty, were also committed to the 300 community service hours and received the same compliments from the magistrates but they are yet to know if they will be committed to stand trial when they are back in court on January 19, 2018.
Port Purcell thieves
Meanwhile, police continue to receive the support of business owners and the public in bringing to justice persons who have been committing theft post hurricanes Irma and Maria. Most recently, an employer of a prominent Port Purcell business pulled the covers off two male employees who stole from the business.
This news site can confirm that the two will soon have their day in the court of law for allegedly stealing phones, tablets and video games.
Based on the facts in the hands of the Royal Virgin Islands Police force (RVIPF), when the employer was informed that the items were missing, a report was filed with the police and CCTV footage fingering the culprits.
The homes of the men were then visited and some of the items were found. The accused were then taken into custody and charged.
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