Man sentenced for role in church hall and jewellery store heists
A Burin Peninsula man has been sentenced for his role in burglaries at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall in Burin and Stapleton’s Jewellery and Gifts in Marystown last fall.
Justin Lockyer, 22, received an intermittent sentence of 90 days at provincial court in Grand Bank on Wednesday.
He will also be placed on probation for a year and was ordered to pay restitution and victim surcharges.
Lockyer helped remove a safe from the church hall and break it open. During the jewellery store robbery, he transported the principal perpetrator in the crime to a place where some of the items were hidden.
Lockyer received $1,400 from the church safe heist, but nothing from the jewellery store theft.
In his written decision, Judge Harold Porter cited Lockyer’s youth, the fact he is a first offender, his guilty pleas, his cooperation with police and his prospects for rehabilitation as his reasons for giving the accused a sentence outside the usual range for the offences that were committed.
Lockyer also has mental health issues, which Porter said were closely linked to his commission of the two crimes.
“When he was confronted by the police, the accused confessed his role in the offences. He came to court and pleaded guilty,” Porter wrote.
“When the . . . allocution was read to him, he apologized and expressed remorse for his role in the commission of the offenses, and a desire to, as he put it, get his life back on track. As part of that process, he said that he would like to make restitution to the St. Patrick’s Parish Hall.”
Porter said Stapleton’s Jewellery and Gifts was significantly impacted by the robbery. The store was closed for some time afterwards and was not insured against all of the losses. St. Patrick’s Parish also lost between $3,000 and $4,000, not including the safe.
The Crown was seeking a total of a year in jail. Lockyer’s counsel argued a sentence he could serve in the community would allow him to keep his job and make some restitution to the parish hall.
Lockyer received 60 days in jail for the break, enter and theft from the parish hall and 30 days for possession of stolen goods.
He will be incarcerated at the RCMP detachment in Marystown each week from Friday to Monday until the jail term has been served.