Jeremy Roches pleads guilty to theft and harm Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:00

On April 18, Jeremy Roches, a fisherman of Belize City, was brought before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. Roches had to answer to three criminal offences, harm upon his relative Evan Gardiner, theft of a 26 inch male frame beach cruiser bicycle valued at 0, property of his relative Cheryl Murrillo, and handling stolen goods for the same bike. He pleaded guilty to the three charges.

In court, the prosecution dismissed the charge of handling stolen goods. Roches allegedly stole the bike and caused harm to Gardiner on April 12, 2017. According to Roches, he did not want to steal the bike but he was out of a job and he needed money. In a police report, Gardiner said that he and Roches got into a verbal disagreement and that is when Roches used a fork to cause an abrasion in Gardiner’s back.

Given that Roches had no previous conviction, Smith ordered him to complete 40 hours of community service with the Belize City Prosecution Branch, to be completed within a week. If he fails to complete the community service, he will be sentenced to a month in prison. Roches was only cautioned on the charge of theft and was discharged.