Police: Cervio Cox Verdict = Pursue All Avenues

May 29, 2010

The Bermuda Police Service said they are “pleased to note the verdict” in the Cervio Cox trial recently concluded in the Supreme Court.

Cervio Cox, 26, was given 7 years in prison on May 7, 2010, after being found guilty of wounding three men with intent to do them grievous bodily harm, during a shooting incident on Court Street on May 23, 2009. It wasn’t alleged that Mr Cox did the shooting himself, but that he was either the getaway driver or lent his car to the perpetrators. He remains the only person to have been charged in the incident to date.

Mr Cox being led from the court to officially begin his 7 year sentence

Mr Cox being led from the court to officially begin his 7 year sentence

Saying that the “verdict was a testament to the hard work and dedication of Police Officers and Prosecutors that brought the case to a successful conclusion”, they say it was “noteworthy” as Mr Cox was charged under a law which allows individuals to be charged for aiding or enabling a crime.

The specific provision in law, Section 27 of the Criminal Code, says:

27 (1) When an offence is committed, each of the following persons is deemed to have taken part in committing the offence, and to be guilty of the offence, and may be charged with actually committing it—

(b) every person who does any act or makes any omission for the purpose of enabling or aiding another person to commit the offence;

(c) every person who aids another person in committing the offence;

The Bermuda Police went on to say that they “believe this case demonstrates the resolve of the Service and the Department of Prosecutions to pursue all avenues to seek justice for victims and their families.”

As far as the actual shooter? The Police say “whilst we have not yet prosecuted the gunman, this aspect of the case remains open, and where the evidence allows us to pursue other offenders, we will do so.”

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