Belle Vue resident Shamoii Dagou, who reportedly looted a flat-screen television because he saw others looting, was sentenced to 26 months at Her Majesty’s Prison on Wednesday.
The former government employee attached to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) was also ordered to repay Infinite Solutions $286.76 — the value of the television.
He was ordered to pay that sum by January 31, 2020, or serve an additional six months in prison.
In handing down her sentence, Justice Ann-Marie Smith said the timing of the offence — which occurred following a natural disaster – aggravated the crime.
She also pointed to the fact that the offender worked as a messenger for the RVIPF at the time of the offence.
“This defendant must go to prison … a custodial sentence is warranted,” Justice Smith said.
I will never do it again
In court, Dagou apologized for his actions.
“I realized that I was wrong. I promise the court that I will never do it again. My action was completely out of character to my upbringing. I am a good person, and I would like a second chance,” he said.
He also apologized to Infinite Solutions for looting their establishment.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that on September 8, 2017, Dagou along with others looted the Road Town-based store.
The court further heard that the store had only sustained damage to its backdoor during the disaster when the looters came and made off with electronic items valued at over $55,000.
The matter was subsequently reported to the police who, acting on intelligence, arrested Dagou while he was on a passenger bus.
“Boss, I see man taking these things, and I take one,” Dagou reportedly said in a subsequent police interview.
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