Burglar must pay $10,000

After pleading guilty to three burglaries, Danny Denworth Powery was given three sentences that included paying $10,000 in compensation.

Powery, 19, appeared before Magistrate Grace Donalds last week. Defence Attorney Keith Collins described Powery as ‘on the cusp. He is very much a person who could go one direction or the other. He could turn his life around,’ Mr. Collins said in asking the court not to keep the young man in prison.

He said Powery had been in custody since his arrest on 5 February, a total of 12 weeks.

Mr. Collins asked the court to give Powery a chance, partly because he has a very good work ethic and a job waiting for him. He attributed the offences to drugs and bad company. A social inquiry report recommended probation with conditions of curfew, drug counselling and abstinence from drugs and alcohol.

The magistrate pointed out that the complainant in the latest burglary was requesting compensation.

That charge was entering as a trespasser the premises of Block Buster in West Shore Plaza the night of 1-2 February and stealing 439 games, two Nintendo Ds, a PSP video, a wireless router, a computer system box and $340 in cash. Total value was over $14,000.

Crown Counsel Tanya Lobban said items recovered included 25 games with a price of $150 each and one player.

The magistrate ordered Powery to pay $10,000 and agreed when Mr. Collins said it could be done at a rate of $500 per month.

The magistrate also imposed a prison term of two months. For other offences she added one month consecutive, 75 hours community service, and probation for 12 months with the conditions recommended.

Time in custody will be taken into account.