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Greenland man pleads guilty to causing criminal damage

- prosecutor says damage caused looked like a hurricane
Vern Wharton, 40, pleaded guilty to criminal damage when when he appeared before the Magistrate's Court on January 30, 2013. Photo:VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “It looks like a hurricane passed through,” said Senior Crown Counsel Valston Graham as he offered a Police photograph of the alleged damage inflicted by Vern Wharton on the property of a Virtual Complainant (VC) when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards on January 30, 2013.

Wharton, 40, of Greenland, hedged for some time on what his plea should be before he eventually pleaded guilty to the charge of causing criminal damage at the VC’s home in Greenland. The accused was unrepresented at the time of his appearance.

According to the allegations read by Mr Graham, the VC was with her youngest son on December 10, 2012 at around 8:20 P.M. when she heard a knocking at her front door. Upon answering she discovered that it was the defendant who allegedly claimed that he wanted his things out of her house.

The VC reportedly went to the bedroom but while there heard a commotion in the direction of her kitchen area. She also reported hearing a loud noise.

According to the court, the VC went to the western side of the house and saw the defendant allegedly throwing concrete blocks at the aluminium windows of her kitchen. The defendant allegedly continued throwing rocks and other things before the VC was able to make a report to the Police.

When the Police arrived at the scene, it was observed that two white windows and a door had been damaged while several concrete blocks were seen in the house of the VC. Photos were taken of the damage to the property.

The defendant was seen on January 17, 2013 by ranks at the Road Town Police Station where he was informed of the report made against him and cautioned.

Mr Wharton allegedly admitted to throwing concrete blocks at the windows and the door of the VC and said he had done so because she did not cooperate with his request to remove his things from the home.

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