Man Admits GBH, Offensive Weapon & Stealing

September 11, 2015

Appearing in Magistrates Court today [Sept 11], a 36-year-old man admittedĀ causing grievous bodily harm to another person, possessing an offensive weapon as well as stealing, with the Court handing down a suspended sentence.

Jerkeyo Berkeley pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to another person; possessing an offensive weapon in a public place; and stealing $20 from another person.

The Crown Prosecutor told Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo that these offences occurred on 16th November 2013, and that the defendant was already on parole at the time.

The Prosecutor told the Magistrate that the offences occurred in the aftermath of an accident involving Mr Berkeley, which saw Mr Berkeley, using his helmet, attack the victim and then steal money from him while he was incapacitated.

The Magistrate sentenced Mr Berkeley to 12 months in prison for the grievous bodily harm charge and 6 months in prison for the offensive weapons charge; but suspended both sentences for 18 months. The Magistrate also ruled that Mr Berkeley was to be on probation for 18 months.

In addition to the prison sentences, Mr Berkeley was also fined $1,500 on the GBH offence, $500 on the offensive weapons offence, and also fined him for the stealing offence. Mr Berkeley was granted time to pay the fines.

However, Mr Berkeley also owed $3,500 in old outstanding fines. The Magistrate ruled that this $3,500 must be paid in full before Mr Berkeley is released from police custody.

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