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Man tells court he went to commit theft but changed mind!

- Magistrate recommends drug treatment & counselling
Leslie McKenzie at the Magistrate's Court on October 4, 2013. Photo: VINO
Head of the Crime Prevention Unit Sergeant Tilda Henry speaks to Director of Conch Charters Peter Twist and Manager Ross Keeble on a security inspection visit to the premises in September 2013. Sergeant Henry is accompanied by Constable Germma Williams. Photo: supplied
Head of the Crime Prevention Unit Sergeant Tilda Henry speaks to Director of Conch Charters Peter Twist and Manager Ross Keeble on a security inspection visit to the premises in September 2013. Sergeant Henry is accompanied by Constable Germma Williams. Photo: supplied
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The assurances of a now ‘reformed’ confessed would-be thief did not sit well with Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards when he came before the court on October 4, 2013 and told her he had no place to live.

“Something is missing,” Magistrate Richards told Leslie McKenzie, “It must be, that your life is on this bad track?”

McKenzie, 26, of Huntums Ghut pleaded guilty before the Magistrate’s Court on September 12, 2013 to going equipped to steal after being found at Hodge’s Creek marina with a bag containing a number of items including a pair of latex gloves, knife, a ratchet handle and a number of other tools.

“I had intention of theft but changed my mind. I have on and off jobs and had a part time job and I’m sorry,” McKenzie told Magistrate Richards in mitigation before his sentencing when asked if he had anything to say.

The defendant further related that he had family issues with his parents and was thrown out and has been on the street for nearly three years. He told the court that his parents have since left the territory and he has remained and is now on work permit exemption.

When asked if he has no other relatives to stay with, McKenzie told the court that his aunt didn’t allow him to stay at her place because of the situation he had with his parents.

McKenzie was also asked what he did for a living previously and he told the court that he did construction and landscaping work. “You can wash cars, you can cut grass. You don’t see a lot of grass need cutting, why you going equipped to steal?” the Magistrate asked McKenzie.

Magistrate Richards further told McKenzie that not having a steady job was no excuse for being on the street.

The defendant told the court that he was frustrated and had bills to pay and also had to feed himself. He also told the court that he studied computer repair at the local technical school.

The Magistrate suggested that the defendant was perhaps not motivated and recommended a stint at the Sandy Lane Centre where he would receive drug testing, counselling and treatment. He was also offered $5,000 signed bail with one surety and told to return to court on November 1, 2013.

17 Responses to “Man tells court he went to commit theft but changed mind!”

  • ------------------- (06/10/2013, 10:49) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    This poor guy needs help!!
    • Former Teacher (06/10/2013, 11:20) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
      I am sorry to see Leslie in this situation. I taught Leslie for a whole year back in the early 2000's, never met his parents! It seemed because he had learning difficulties, they ignored him. He was a quiet, respectful child. I believe what he said in that he can't pay his bills. We all know that stealing is not the answer but when someone's back against the wall you don't think rationally. I pray that his family members or some person reading this and is in a position to help him will do so. Leslie, I know you might not be able to read this but I am praying for you.
  • tola (06/10/2013, 11:54) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    I know this young man, he work for me once and I can say he is a hard worker, he is also serious when he is working don't linger at all
  • willy wonka (06/10/2013, 12:03) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    I know him also, and when ever I see him or talk to him can see the worries and stress in him, not what he did is right, but lot of people suffering in the bvi. Hope it turn out well for him real good kid.
  • Hannaz est (06/10/2013, 15:28) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    The boy is a good Youth, he Just need some help, he respectable and dont look trouble, quiet keep to himself
    • youth's advocate (06/10/2013, 20:17) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      I have to agree with you Hannaz est, he just needs help. Even though what he did was wrong, I firmly believe if some good hearted individual takes time to mentor him, counsel him, give him advice, he could take a turn towards the right path. I've seen him since he's small and his quiet and respectable demeanor tell me that he is the kind that would be willing to listen and heed to the right advice. If Leslie reads this, let me let you know that I will talk to you when I see you. But in the mean time bro, don't give up. There's hope and you can fight this the right way. I will join your "Former Teacher" in prayer as well.
  • bay yute (06/10/2013, 16:02) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
    this yute got jokes man
  • SOOOO SAD (06/10/2013, 16:31) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
  • trrefdrfds (06/10/2013, 20:40) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Magistrate God go bless you.... Give this one a chance....
  • xxxxxxxx (06/10/2013, 22:12) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    So sad with these young men who have no ambition whatsoever and no one to help them
  • TownMashDown (06/10/2013, 23:22) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    Is there anything that can prompt the Government to deport anyone? The VI needs an immigration policy. In any other country in the world, people like this would be sent home. Why do we have to be bleeding hearts for everyone, yet get criticized for hating others? This man will, no doubt, be a candidate for naturalization soon.
  • thick lips browning (07/10/2013, 00:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    leslie bouy yu infamous
  • Help (08/10/2013, 06:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    We are all gods children we need to look out for each other. Balo is not the answer in these situation. The family should be involve. I am praying for him

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