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VG landlord guilty of damaging tenant's washing machine & car windshield

VG landlord guilty of damaging tenant's washing machine & car windshield

A Virgin Gorda landlord was found guilty of a 2012 matter where he reportedly destroyed a washing machine and a car windshield of one of his tenants. Morris Huggins to be sentenced on July 28, 2020

Senior Magistrate Tamia N. Richards found Morris Huggins guilty during his appearance from Her Majesty’s Prison via Zoom on Monday, July 6, 2020.


“In this case, there is evidence of damage to a washing machine; the windshield was slashed. The defendant pushed the washer deliberately and caused the damage,” Richards said.

“Mr Huggins, the court has found you guilty for the offences of criminal damage of the washing machine and the car. Beyond a reasonable doubt, you are accordingly convicted," she declared.


Disagreement

The Senior Magistrate said the Virtual Complainant (VC) and the defendant had a disagreement on the day of the incident and the VC left his rented home and headed to the police station to make a report against the defendant.

While at the station, the VC received a phone call that the defendant had taken the opportunity while he was away from the home to destroy his washing machine and damage the windshield of his car.


Delay caused by defendant


In addressing the eight-year-old matter, Richards said the defendant had a part to play in the delay.

“Previous to Irmaria, and the Coronavirus, the delay is on the part of Mr Huggins. We literally had to send the police to Virgin Gorda for him to come to court,” she stated.

She also ruled that he will remain in custody pending his sentencing on July 28, 2020.
Lawyer Michael Maduro represented Mr Huggins during the proceedings.

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