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UPDATE: Serial burglar Shakeem Smith to spend 9 years in prison

Shakeem Smith, 20, of Fat Hogs Bay was sentenced to nine years in prison by Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards on several counts of burglary last Friday, December 6, 2013. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Shakeem Smith, 20, of Fat Hogs Bay was sentenced to nine years in prison by Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards on several counts of burglary last Friday, December 6, 2013.

Smith had pleaded guilty to over twenty separate charges of burglary and criminal damage after being arrested and charged for the offences in December 2012. The incidents were said to have occurred over a two-year period before he was arrested.

A social inquiry report was done before the sentencing had been carried out.

Attorney, Richard Rowe, who represented Smith, had described the acts committed as being pathological with items being stolen said to be in excess of $50,000.

Forensic evidence was key in solving many of the cases as Smith's fingerprints were allegedly discovered at many of the crime scenes.

According to the social inquiry report, Smith’s slide was apparent from his days at school during 2008 when his grades reportedly started slipping drastically.

Smith acknowledged committing the acts at residences in various places around Tortola such as Apple Bay, Carrot Bay, Ballast Bay, Pockwood Pond, Chalwell, Butu Mountain and Zion Hill among others. Some of the offences were committed against multiple persons residing at different apartments within a single complex.

See previous story posted October 23, 2013:

UPDATE: Serial burglar Shakeem Smith to be sentenced Nov. 22

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A social inquiry report has recommended that Shakeem Smith, 20, seek counselling and testing for a reported drug habit, counselling for resentment of his father, join a mentorship programme and also encouraged that he be placed in custody for his alleged crimes.

Smith, of Fat Hogs Bay, pleaded guilty to at least twenty-five separate counts of burglary emerging from robberies allegedly committed in several areas across the territory including Ballast Bay, Coopers Bay, Hope Hill, Fat Hogs Bay and Horsepath as well as the St George’s Primary School in Road Town.

Smith, who is represented by attorney at law Mr Richard Rowe, has now been asked to return for sentencing on November 22, 2013.

The report, which emerged during mitigation today, October 23, 2013 further identified that there was hope for Smith who was described as having the potential to become an Electrician someday.

According to the report, Smith’s slide was apparent from his days at school during 2008 when his grades reportedly started slipping drastically.

Rowe said he agreed with the recommendations set out in the report for Smith and suggested that the counselling begin even while he was incarcerated. He also asked that Smith’s time served in prison be taken into account in his sentencing.

See previous story posted May 2, 2013:

Crown lays final charge against serial burglar!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Crown laid a final charge of burglary against Shakeem Smith when he appeared before the Magistrate’s Court today, May 2, 2013 which alleged that the defendant stole a number of items from a single home that amounted to over $10,000.

As was done in previous instances, Smith pleaded guilty to the charge as outlined by Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards.

The Crown, represented by Principal Crown Counsel Tiffany Scatliffe, alleged that the Virtual Complainant (VC) of Ballast Bay left for work on March 14, 2012 and secured his home by locking all his doors and windows.

When he returned home in the evening, he observed that the mosquito screen for his window had fallen on his porch and his curtains were blowing in the wind outside the window.

According to the Crown, the VC figured something was wrong and entered his home. He subsequently discovered that things were interfered with.

He allegedly found the bedroom ransacked and immediately went to the chest-of-drawers, where his valuables were kept and found that the items were missing.

According to the complaint filed by the VC, the stolen items included two Movado watches, a Rolex watch, a pinky gold ring and a Xbox 360, among other items.

The Crown further told the Court that the VC called the Police and officers from the Cane Garden Bay Police Department came to his apartment along with officers from the Scenes of Crime Unit.

Latent fingerprints were lifted from the scene and as a result of investigations, the defendant was met on November 28, 2012 at the Road Town Police Station by a detective who informed him of the report against him and cautioned him before conducting an audio/visual interview with the defendant.

The defendant reportedly admitted to breaking and entering into the apartment and allegedly told Police he had sold the stolen items to persons on the street.

He was then asked for his prints which were later analysed by a forensics person. The defendant’s prints allegedly matched those at the scene of the crime.

Another interview was later conducted on November 29, 2012 where Police informed the defendant of the results of the finger print analysis before charging him with burglary.

A social enquiry report is to be conducted before the defendant can be sentenced.

Smith is expected to return to court on June 21, 2013.

35 Responses to “UPDATE: Serial burglar Shakeem Smith to spend 9 years in prison”

  • polo (02/05/2013, 13:28) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    hope he finds a JOB after all tis
  • one eye (02/05/2013, 13:37) Like (5) Dislike (13) Reply
    too much ganja
  • The Shadow Knows (02/05/2013, 14:56) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    His accomplice the bank working policemans son is still on the loose.
    • Village Girl (02/05/2013, 18:08) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      what about justice for the victims?

      • dem say (24/10/2013, 01:36) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
        by the time the clueless ndp govt. to pass all the law you require the criminal will over run the the country,
  • Massive (02/05/2013, 14:57) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    and do you believe people up and down talking nonsense about how the boy is being framed. his prints on every single robbery but yet they are saying it's not him. no wonder he can be no better. at least he young and after serving time he iwll have another chance. I doubt he did these by himself but if he want to be an ass and play gangsta let him take jail for others.
  • Dont Worry (02/05/2013, 17:48) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    shakeem no matter what people are saying jusgt remember this that God loves you...... you might have done some wrong things, but God will forgive if you ask.
    • Get Lost (03/05/2013, 02:14) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
      So rid us of your self kindly. or is that too much for us to ask shakeem?
    • SPUDDO (23/10/2013, 23:01) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      25 wrongs is not some and that don't include what he wasnt caught on
  • Stupid Mistake (02/05/2013, 20:20) Like (17) Dislike (12) Reply
    Shakeem.. Ah Pair Ah Heavy Duty Gloves Cost $3 In Dey Area.. WTF Yhu Touchin' Up Deh ppl Dem Place Fah..!#Strpz
  • wellsa (03/05/2013, 18:49) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    WELLSA LOOK HOW YOU GUYS POSTING ON SHAKEEM, IN THE END WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE REST THEY ARE ENJOYING LIFE AND LIMING, BE PREPARED SOON THEY WOULD BE JOINING SHAKEEM, HE COULD NEVER DID THESE CRIMES ALONE.

    SOME OF THEM WORKING IN GOVERNMENT PRAYING SHAKEEM DONT TALK WOW, AND GUESS HES FACING JAIL TIME, WHEN HE FINISH HIS JAIL TIME DEPORTATION BACK TO UNITED STATES....................WOW BOY SHAKEEM I WOULD MISS YOU!!
  • U always now (04/05/2013, 16:10) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Shakeem born right here why u all on shakeem like so we u all ain't telling the police man son too walk his self in then have shakeem having too take the rap ..... U always fine talking ppl like u all
  • hard times (05/05/2013, 10:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The evidence in this case focused on forensics. Crimes are not solved on thier own though ,and many need the help of the public passing information and intelligence. We are lucky to have Crimestoppers here now, so please use this service. It is free and confidential, ie your names are not disclosed and is not staffed locally.
    We are a small place and like the bloggers on here who indicate others were involved in these crimes, we need the protection of being able to give information without recrimination. Crimestoppers is a good start.
  • . (23/10/2013, 14:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Doc will let he out soon anyways.
  • police man son (23/10/2013, 15:00) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    I did it but they can't prove it
  • DON Q (23/10/2013, 15:40) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    poor child lets save him
  • qc (23/10/2013, 17:04) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    he use to be a good boy not sure what happen
    • 10 cents (24/10/2013, 01:34) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      I am not condoning or defending the behaviour. I am observing and acknowledging the reality of the situation.
  • code (24/10/2013, 12:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Help the poor faller from blogging piss
  • Real (28/10/2013, 17:05) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    it don't matter that he from here, he do wrong straight up! JUSTICE MF
  • yes sa (12/12/2013, 08:47) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Apple don't get orange. It in he blood.
    • cousin (12/12/2013, 09:46) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      I GUESS YOU GOT TO KNOW BECAUSE YOU POSTING, IN THE END GUESS WHAT HE IS FINE AND AINT WORRYING ABOUT NEGATIVE POSTING, THAT CAN NOT BREAK HIM TO CALL NAMES AS YOU CAN SEE
  • jail (12/12/2013, 09:25) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    ther ewe go locking up all our young men
  • Fed Up (12/12/2013, 11:55) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    They say if you do the CRIME you should do the TIME.
  • Release (12/12/2013, 12:30) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    he come form a good family how the hick he got caught up in this mess
  • legal team (12/12/2013, 14:19) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Let me first thank Her Majesty-The Queen,Her Heirs and Successors, for Granting the people of Her BVI,with a Constitution,which makes provisions in Statutory laws, to safeguard Her BVI Citizens from Criminal act such as Burglary

    [Burglary in my own definition,is a disrespectful invasion of a persons private home or dwelling or another person's private place of business]

    And let me congratulate the Royal members of the Forensic Department,of Her Majesty's Royal Virgin Islands Police Force,for bringing these investigations to closure,because VINO's reliable news site reported that
    [Forensic Evidence was the key in solving these cases]

    Let me Congratulate the Principal Crown Counsel of Her Majesty's office of the Director of Public Prosecutions,for presenting the Evidencial-facts of the cases,on behalf of Her Majesty's DPP:

    And let me commend the sr Magistrate,for exercising her discretionary powers, by giving this young man a minimal sentence,may be taking into consideration,his un-blemish and good character,and his young age.

    He did the crime and he must do some time,at Her Majesty's Prison[HMP]

    But it takes a community to raise a child

    The Justice system has played its part,under theV.I Constitution,it's now for the community to engage itself with the young man,while he is serving his time at HMP,and the community must show forgiveness,with a reasonable expectation,that the young man will one amend his ways from bad to good and one day be helpful to the Citizens,whom he had offended during his crime spree.

    May the lord continue to protect the young convicted gentleman.

    Enjoy your detention at Her Majesty's Prison.The good officers of Her Majesty,will take good care of you.
  • TA (12/12/2013, 16:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    why he has his hands in the air?
  • 25!? (13/12/2013, 19:00) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    He lef he prints at all dem scenes?..he could never hav tv...he either blatant or jus plain dumb...ok..probably a hi-brid of both..


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