By: Gavincia Clarke
(CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS)- Three juveniles of Rawlins Village, Gingerland appeared before the District ‘C’ Magistrate Court last week Tuesday, November 12, 2013 for housing breaking. The youngest male of the group was a Grade 6 student of the Joycelyn Liburd Primary School.
The three boys were accused of breaking into the home of Junie Liburd of Rawlins Village on August 19, 2013 and in the process stole one (1) purple Sony camera, one (1) gold nugget ring, one (1) gold bracelet and one (1) white Apple Touch Ipod all valued a total of $2863.00 E.C. Two of the juveniles, one fifteen and the other twelve and who are also brothers pleaded guilty for this crime. The third being the cousin of the brothers pleaded not guilty.
They were also charged for breaking into the house of Steven Liburd also of Rawlins Village on August 18, 2013 and stealing $130.00 E.C. They all pleaded not guilty to this charge.
According to Police Prosecutor, Inspector Stephen Hector, Mr. Junie Liburd made a report at the Gingerland Police Station indicating that his home was broken into and a number of items were stolen. Police Officers investigated the matter and on August 27, 2013 the defendants were brought to the police station for questioning. The interrogation by officers proved successful when on the following day, August 28, 2013 the juveniles handed over the purple Sony camera to Officer James. However the other items were never retrieved.
Even in court Her Honor, Magistrate Yasmine Clarke had no luck in making the young lads admit to the whereabouts of the other items.
Since the duo did not admit to breaking into the home of Steven Liburd, no evidence was given in that matter and as a result the case was dismissed.
During the court proceedings the mother of the two boys was asked by Her Honor ‘if she don’t beat them for punishment’. To this she replied, ‘licks don’t do them a ting’.
Magistrate Clarke warned them not to re-appear before the court for stealing or she would send them to prison and she would not at that time consider their ages. She advised them that they are not too young to go to jail and if they were to continue to break into people homes that is exactly where they would end up. She also informed the court that the 12 year old is now on his second conviction.
The brothers were convicted and cautioned. The third accused was acquitted of both charges.