Virgin Gorda resident, Aaron Joseph, was given a custodial sentence of 36 months at Her Majesty’s Prison for his burglary and drug-related offences when he appeared before Magistrate Shawn Innocent on Thursday.
A breakdown of the prison sentences shows the 25-year-old offender getting 12 months for burglarizing a grocery store on Virgin Gorda, another 12 months for two counts of possession of cannabis, and further one-year sentence for his two counts of possession of the drug with intent to supply to another.
Though he was slapped with a total of three years imprisonment, Magistrate Innocent ordered that the offender’s sentences run concurrently, in other words, side by side. As such, he will spend no more than 12 months at in prison.
Notably, his sentence starts from February 13, which represents the date that he was first remanded.
In handing down the sentence, Magistrate Innocent said the aggravating and mitigating factors seemed to be evenly weighed in the matters.
He said for the burglary offence, little damage was done to the property and the economic value of the items stolen was low.
His no previous convictions in the territory was also taken into consideration during sentencing.
On the other hand, the court heard that Joseph was found with the relatively substantial quantity of drugs in a short period of time to each other.
His first drug offence took place in August last year when he was found with 80 grams of cannabis. The second matter occurred in February of this year when he was found with another 749 grams of the same drug.
The magistrate also pointed to the seriousness of all the offences and their prevalence in the British Virgin Islands.
Joseph was captured on surveillance footage burglarizing the aforementioned Virgin Gorda grocery store.
He had gained access through the back door and left with some food items after he found the cash register empty.
For the drug-related offences, police found the drugs at Joseph’s home on two different occasions during a search operation.
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