(BVI NEWS) – Nicklin Joseph, the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) employee who was caught stealing on camera, has been handed an eight-month suspended sentence.
Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste DaBreo suspended the sentence for one year.
That effectively means that Joseph will only serve time in prison if he commits another offence within the next year.
He was sentenced recently after pleading guilty to theft.
The court also ordered the offender to repay the $4,867 worth of goods that were stolen.
What prosecutors say happened
It is said that surveillance footage showed a group of BVIPA employees carting off with several electronic appliances from a warehouse at Port Purcell late last year.
Joseph was implicated in connection with the heist, the court was told.
It is said that police subsequently executed a search warrant at Joseph’s residence and uncovered a number of suspected stolen items including a battery pack, a cellular phone, a PlayStation game console, and one Samsung tablet.
He was implicated with two other employees identified as Fat Hogs Bay resident Donice Samuel, and Dabriel Merry of East End. It is alleged that police also searched their homes and discovered a number of other suspicious items.
Those two accused persons were not sentenced.
They pleaded not guilty to handling stolen goods when they appeared before the Magistrate’s Court last week.
They are scheduled to return to court.