Former NLESD man­ager on Burin Penin­sula re­ceives sus­pended sen­tence

Derek Ne­whook found guilty of fraud back in July

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY COLIN FAR­RELL MARYSTOWN, N.L.

Derek Ne­whook, former op­er­a­tions man­ager at the New­found­land and Labrador English School Board’s de­pot in Burin, was handed a sus­pended sen­tence in pro­vin­cial court in Grand Bank on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 28.

In July, he was found guilty on two counts of fraud and one for breach of trust.

The fraud charges re­late to a shed and trailer Ne­whook in­structed em­ploy­ees at the bus de­pot in Burin to con­struct. One of the three sheds, along with a trailer, were re­moved from the school board’s prop­erty and stored in an equip­ment yard be­long­ing to a friend of the ac­cused, where they re­mained for the next two years.

Ac­cord­ing to Judge Harold Porter’s writ­ten de­ci­sion, the shed and trailer were built in “sur­plus to the re­quire­ments of the school board.” The trailer was also equipped with a li­cense plate reg­is­tered to Ne­whook.

The Crown sought a jail sen­tence of six to nine months, while Ne­whook’s lawyer asked for a sus­pended or con­di­tional sen­tence.

While Judge Porter wrote that coun­sel did not agree on a range of sen­tenc­ing he did note that both sides did agree on and or­der for resti­tu­tion.

See Pro­ba­tion, page 3

COLIN FAR­RELL—THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Derek Ne­whook

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