Man sen­tenced for role in church hall and jew­ellery store heists

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY PAUL HERRIDGE

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.

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