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VG man sentenced to 36 months for burglary, drugs

Aaron Joseph

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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  1. Gumption.official says:

    Bro! It’s not the end of the road. It’s just ugly at the moment. Outside of the things you did your a good youth. I personally will do my best to help out and will do my best to creat a job within my company to help you out. Be strong God got your back, don’t give up on him

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  2. me says:

    Pls.stop.mur $@$^&/%.thid man is not a VIRGIN GORDA Man.Ur first visit was a Virgin Gorda resibdent now it’s different.Pls. correct this as he is an American

  3. Savage juice says:

    Negative energy doesn’t bother me , cause positive energy follows me , you don’t kno my pain or my story , you just know my wrongs, but that’s ok cause your days of judgement eventually comes too , thanks for those who cared an I gladly appreciate it ✊????????

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