BVI NEWS ONLINE: “Thank you ma’am,” uttered Dominican national to the judge as he left the High Court on Thursday morning, after being granted a two-year suspended sentence for burglary.
Nineteen-year-old Vernon Bernard during his mitigation begged Judge Rita Joseph-Olivetti for a second chance.
“I will take into consideration the chance that you begged for… I will take you at your word,” Judge Olivetti told the , 19, school drop-out.
She also explained that since she took into account the financial burden of his mother – a single parent – a fine will not be imposed.
Bernard was one of the individuals implicated in the break-in of Road Town Police Station which took palce on November 28, 2009.
According to Crown Counsel Valston Graham Bernard was the driver of the vehicle that transported other individuals who broke in the police station with the aim to steal seized motorbikes.
He was caught after evading police in Huntums Ghut.
According to a police press release, during the wee hours of Saturday morning [November 28], an officer at the police station discovered one of the perpetrators with his face covered holding a bolt cutter on the premises, but the individual fled the scene as the officer sought assistance.
The release had further stated that preliminary investigations indicated that three perpetrators entered the premises by cutting through the perimeter barrier in the back of the compound.
A fourth male remained in a get-away car. The cutter and the get-a-way car used in the incident were recovered and analyzed by the Scene of Crime Unit.
On March 22, 2010 Bernard pleaded to the offence. He was represented by Patrick Thompson.
– Aneka Edwards, Staff reporter