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Reflecting on the ravages to the territory following Hurricane Irma, not only physically, but also to the moral fibre of the BVI, Magistrate Shawn Innocent on Wednesday, November 7, handed down a six-month suspended sentence to an ex-employee of the Moorings, who stole and sold a small boat belonging to his then employers.
Kasim Harrigan, 27, pleaded guilty during his initial appearance. The charge read that between November 1, 2017, and December 1, 2017, at Wickham’s Cay, he stole a dinghy as well as a 15 horsepower engine belonging to the Moorings.
According to the allegations, the police were made aware of the missing vessel belonging to the Moorings, and following investigations, they located the boat.
The person who was in possession of the boat pointed officers in the direction of Harrigan, whom he said he purchased same from.
When questioned, Harrigan admitted to the crime, saying, “I took a chance and sold it without permission.”
Magistrate Innocent, in delivering the sentence, reminded of the “selfish acts of employees” who, following the devastation, sought to gain from their employers’ losses by stealing from them.
He reprimanded the young man for what he said was “a clear breach of trust” to gain financially at a time where businesses on the Islands were devastated.
Taking into consideration his early admission and potential, the Magistrate gave the young man a six month prison sentence that is suspended for one year, telling him, “even if you take a pin,” he would be locked up for six months.