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UPDATE: Dwayne Fahie handed 32 months for drugs; stolen goods

- John Hodge ‘Festival Village’ wire theft matter stalled.
Dwayne Fahie was sentenced to a total of 32 months in prison on charges of the intent to supply and possession of marijuana and stolen goods. Photo:VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Dwayne Fahie was handed a sentence of 32 months imprisonment on charges of the intent to supply and possession of marijuana as well as that of handling stolen goods, when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards today, January 15, 2013.

Fahie was given a sentence of 20 months in prison for the possession of 883 grams of marijuana and 12 months in prison for the possession of stolen goods. The sentences are to be run consecutively.

The defendant had pleaded not guilty to stealing boxes of ceramic tiles, toilets, a shower facets, a bathroom facet, electrical wire, glass lights, paint, a circular saw and a wood blade, all amounting to a total of $7,657.15, from the VC’s property in Belle Vue. He had initially pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of the drug and not guilty to the charge of intent to supply. The defendant was represented by Attorney at law, Mary Lou Creque.

Meanwhile, John Hodge was asked to return to court after the prosecution expressed that they were not in a position to proceed with his matter. Hodge pleaded guilty to the theft of 40 pounds of wire from the Festival Village grounds on August 12, 2012.

When the matter was brought before the Magistrate’s Court today, Senior Crown Counsel Sarah Benjamin related that the matter was set for sentencing but there was difficulty in determining the cost of the material stolen by the defendant.

Ms Benjamin told the court that a witness in the matter was so far unable to determine the cost of the wire stolen, since distributors in the Territory sold the material based on its length and not its weight as is the determining factor in the case.

She indicated that there had also been some difficulty in contacting the witness recently but said she would continue to make attempts at contacting the individual. The court heard that the witness had estimated the weight of the material stolen based on what they had seen the defendant carrying.

Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards related to the defendant that the court was mindful of having a compensation order issued since the defendant should justifiably be made to pay for what he had stolen. Hodge was unrepresented in the matter.

See previous story posted September 1, 2012:

Update: VC asks court to release goods to continue her home 

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Virtual Complainant of a case where goods from her unfinished home were stolen, asked the court if they can be returned to her, so she can finish the building of her new house.

Allegedly, Dwayne Fahie, stole boxes of ceramic tiles, toilets, a shower facets, a bathroom facet, electrical wire, glass lights, paint, a circular saw and a wood blade, all amounting to a total of $7,657.15, from the VC’s property in Belle Vue. 

On August 28, 2012, court records stated the stolen goods were in police custody as evidence. 

Magistrate Tamia Richards, instructed the court that once photos were taken of the said evidence, then they can be released to the rightful owner. 

It is alleged that between July 12-14, 2012, Dwayne Fahie went into a house under construction located in Belle Vue, Tortola and stole a number of household goods which were allegedly found later at his home along with 1,018 grams of cannabis and seedlings, a street worth of $10,180. 

The court understood that he allegedly told Police he was holding some of the drugs for a friend and some to smoke for pain from a recent surgery. 

The defendant is currently facing charges of burglary and handling of stolen goods of which he pleaded not guilty. 

Charges were also brought against Fahie for possession of cannabis and intent to supply. He pleaded not guilty to the charge of intent to supply and guilty to the charge of possession of cannabis. 

Mr. Fahie was represented by Stacy Abel and is scheduled to appear before the Magistrate’s Court again on September 26, 2012.

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