After noting significant improvements in Mervin Flaherty’s behaviour, Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards ordered the young offender’s release from prison.
The 19-year-old has had a number of reported run-ins with the law; and among them are reports of theft, assaulting police officers, and behaving disorderly at a police station.
“The person standing before me is different from the person I met in May [last year],” said Magistrate Richards on Friday when Flaherty appeared before her for disorderly conduct at a police station and criminal damage.
She sentenced the teen to ‘time served’ and put him on a bond to keep the peace for two years.
That means Flaherty must keep out of trouble for two years or he will be fined.
“If you fail to control yourself, you will pay $3,000,” Magistrate Richards told the young offender.
Flaherty was charged after losing his temper and punching through a glass door at the Road Town Police Station last May.
He has been ordered to compensate the station for damaging the door.
Meanwhile, Flaherty’s release means he is now on bail for other cases he has before the court.
In one of those cases, Flaherty allegedly stole a phone from a motorist who had offered him a ride.
Flaherty reportedly made off with the phone then attempted to sell the device online.
He is also accused of stealing from a female friend’s bank account. However, the youngster claims that incident was a misunderstanding.
He is scheduled to return to court on June 6.
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