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Giovanni Richardson admits to charge of burglary

- ‘You done catch me lying... just charge me’ - Richardson told Police Officers
When Giovanni Richardson turned up in the Magistrate’s Court today October 9, 2014 on a charge of burglary he changed his plea from not guilty to guilty. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – When Giovanni Richardson turned up in the Magistrate’s Court today October 9, 2014 on a charge of burglary he changed his plea from not guilty to guilty, a move which averts a trial and one which will see him knowing his fate on October 14, 2014.

Richardson is currently an inmate at Her Majesty’s Prison where he is serving time for another offense.

Following his guilty confession this morning Crown Counsel Annjel Flax Solomon in presenting the facts in the matter told the court that on October 30, 2012 about 5 pm Ms Tracey Christopher, the Virtual Complainant, had secured her business place ‘Jewelry Box’ on Main Street by locking all doors and windows.

The following morning she received a telephone call from the Road Town Police Station telling her that her place of business had been broken into.

She told the court that two detectives from the Scenes of Crime Unit were dispatched to the business place and upon their arrival, in the absence of the Complainant, they observed that a front wooden window had been forced open and a glass window broken.

A grey cash register containing receipts was found behind the Gallery store nearby.

Shortly after the businesswoman arrived at the location and confirmed that the cash register had belonged to her. While inside the Police observed pieces of jewelry and broken glasses on the floor.

A grey crowbar was found at the entrance of the door but the VC said it did not belong to her.

A red substance which appeared to be blood was also observed on the right side of a window and showcase.

An investigating officer had lifted latent finger prints and took samples of the red substance.

On November 1 the Virtual Compliant gave a witness statement and on January 2013 detectives met Richardson at The Moorings and informed him of the report. Under caution he said he did not know “anything about that.”

He was taken to the Road Town Police Station where voluntarily gave his fingerprint and DNA sample.

The DNA swab was sent to the DNA labs international in Miami, Florida, USA for testing.

On May 30, 2013 a certificate of analysis was received by Police which confirmed the blood found on the scene matched that of Richardson.

He was arrested at his residence in Horsepath, cautioned and informed of the result from the lab. He was taken to the Police Station and there he declined to give an audio and video interview.

His reply to the Police request was, “You done catch me lying just charge me!”

None of the stolen items valued $350 representing 18 pairs of earrings were ever recovered.

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