A 53-year-old transient who claims to be grieving his deceased brother has been given a ‘discount’ on his prison sentence.
Ivan Govia, who is no stranger to the court, was sentenced after confessing to resisting arrest, using insulting language, and disorderly conduct inside a police station.
In handing down judgement on Wednesday, Magistrate Shawn Innocent sentenced Govia to three months imprisonment for each of the offences.
The magistrate, however, ordered that the sentences run concurrently (at the same). That effectively means that the offender will only spend a total of three months in prison.
Magistrate Innocent further ordered that Govia undergo counselling for drug and alcohol abuse throughout the duration of his incarceration.
“It appears that you are a prime candidate for rehabilitation … so we are going to help you to help yourself,” Magistrate Innocent said.
Govia told the court that he was previously admitted to a mental health facility and is a known marijuana smoker. He also has no fixed address, the court heard.
“My brother died [and] I take it a little hard,” Govia explained.
On April 19, Govia was arrested for theft but was later granted police bail.
On April 30, he reportedly stole food and clothing items belonging to the BVI Red Cross.
The matter was reported to the police and the stolen items were recovered.
When Red Cross officials told him that a report was made to police, he began to use threatening language and behave disorderly.
When police arrived, he resisted arrest and was eventually detained and taken to the Road Town Police Station.
At the station, surveillance cameras captured him continuing to behave in a disorderly fashion. He also used insulting language to a female police officer.
Govia was subsequently charged. He was unrepresented in court.
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