Campbell faces sentencing on various charges

Francis Alexander Campbell, 18, appeared in Summary Court on Monday to face sentencing for killing or injuring an animal, as well as other charges.

According to court documents, the charge is related to an incident that took place on 16 August, 2007, at Christina Close, Walkers Road, George Town. Campbell is accused of chopping a pit bull dog in the head with a machete; he initially pleaded not guilty.

However, he was found to be liable by Magistrate Grace Donalds after witness testimony in his trial on the charge and has since paid restitution for veterinary costs of $415.60. He is to be sentenced for this charge on 31 August.

Additional charges included damage to property, threatening violence, two counts of failing to surrender to custody, burglary and criminal trespass.

Campbell had also been sentenced in Grand Court earlier this year for uttering forged currency notes for which he was placed on two years probation and house arrest by Justice Alexander Henderson for an initial six months, after which time he would be re-assessed.

During Monday’s proceedings, Campbell pleaded guilty to the charge of burglary.

On 19 April, 2009, Campbell burglarised Sensations Boutique and stole $2,499 worth of men’s clothing.

With regard to failing to surrender, Defence Attorney John Furniss told the court that Campbell was not being defiant but had rather mistook the date for checking in at the Central Police Station, which was part of his bail conditions.

He asked the Crown to consider dropping these charges.

In addition, the charge of criminal trespass was also under question by the attorney, who explained that Campbell went to the residence on the request of a female. He said that after noise was heard coming from the bed room, the girl’s parents came into the room and found Campbell hiding.

Mr. Furniss also asked that the Crown revisit the nature of the charge and its underlying nuances, as the girl had made a statement on Campbell’s behalf.

He advised his client to plead not guilty with respect to criminal trespass.

However, after looking at the file, the Crown Prosecutor said the girl was a minor and indicated she wanted to take a closer look before deciding how to proceed with the charge.

After deciding that more enquiries had to be made before sentencing could proceed, Magistrate Donalds granted an adjournment until 31 August, at which time Campbell will face sentencing on all charges.

PULLOUT According to court documents, the charge of killing or injuring an animal is related to an incident in which the young man chopped a pit bull dog in the head with a machete.

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