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July 1: Bermudians Against the Draft (BAD) member Shannon Adderley decided to complete his military service and had his 18-inch ponytail cut off in preparation for attending Warwick Camp.

July 1: Three men broke into a home on Wellington Point Lane in St George's, brandishing a gun and demanding cash. Police began a man-hunt for the suspects who fled on foot.

July 1: The dead body of a 56-year-old man was found in the Paradise Lake area of Hamilton Harbour by a member of the public. The man was later named as Colin Brown, of Warwick..

July 2: Retired senior police officer David Mirfield was brought to the Island from England to lead the fight against gun violence. Taking over the post of Assistant Commissioner Mr Mirfield was tasked with tackling murder, gang criminality, police firearms operations and public disorder.

July 5: A group of 20 locals donned Bermuda shorts and blazers in a London Pride parade. The group were marching in protest of the Island's failure to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

July 6: Victor Scott Primary School was given $30,000 from XL Foundation in an effort to keep their summer school programme afloat. The summer scheme helps students with learning problems prepare for the next school year.

July 7: Police revealed the number of firearm incidents reported in 2010 had reached 110 eleven times the figure for gun-related incidents in 2007.

July 8: Troy Smith, 28, was recovering in hospital after what he claimed was an unprovoked attack by police officers. He suffered from a broken nose, two broken cheekbones, a broken bone above his eyelid and a sprained jaw. According to the Bermuda Police Service, Mr Smith was “acting in a violent manner” and “turned that violence towards the police” before being subdued with a Tasser gun.

July 9: Warwick Academy graduate Kevin Minors became the first Bermudian to make the transition from high school directly to Oxford University.

July 9: Three men were sentenced to five years behind bars for the brutal mob beating of Temasgan Furbert. Mr Furbert was attacked outside his home by 20 to 25 men who assaulted him using bats, machetes and an electric drill on February 27, 2009.

July 13: Alvone Maybury escaped from prison custody as he left Magistrates' Court where he faced three gun-related charges. Police began an Island-wide search for Maybury, who posted messages on his Facebook page to update friends on what he was up to, including playing video games and watching TV.

July 14: Senator David Burch claimed he ripped up a speech and returned it to Mayor of Hamilton Charles Gosling because he felt disrespected. The speech, given on March 21, was made in the aftermath of Government's plan to abolish the corporations of Hamilton and St George.

July 16: Paedophile Jonathan Cumberbatch was sentenced to 12 years behind bars for exploiting and sexually assaulting three siblings, aged nine, ten and 11. It was the second sexual offence Cumberbatch had admitted to; in 1994 he pleaded guilty to sexual assault and sexual exploitation while in a position of trust.

July 16: A Jamaican national was found guilty of wounding a man he found in bed with his wife. Thisley “Thunder” Dawson denied chopping his wife's lover with a kitchen knife.

July 19: A man was injured in an armed robbery at his home on Upland Street in Devonshire. He was released from King Edward VII Memorial Hospital that day.

July 20: National squad cricketer George O'Brien Jr's right arm was injured by a man wielding a machete on Mount Road in St David's.

July 21: The trial started for a woman accused of harboring fugitive Omari Gordon, who fired a gunshot in public on November 29 and was on the run for 13 months.

July 23: The Municipalities Reform Act was passed, removing the Corporation of Hamilton's legal power to collect revenue from wharfage and port fees.

July 23: Public Access to Information bill was passed in the House of Assembly. The bill allows taxpayers to gain access to records held by public bodies such as government departments.

July 26: Premiership hopeful Terry Lister launched his leadership bid and pledged to reduce the Island's debt and to consider trials without juries to bring justice against gun criminals.

July 27: Escaped prisoner Alvone Maybury was caught hiding in a shed behind a home on The Glebe Road in Pembroke. He was on the run for two weeks and, according to Acting Detective Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell, didn't “look any the worse for it”.

Some 20 locals marched in London with a Bermuda banner and wearing Bermuda shorts, in protest of the Island's failure to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation
Beaten: Victim of alleged police brutality Troy Smith spoke with The Royal Gazette about his ordeal.

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Published December 31, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 31, 2010 at 1:34 pm)

July: Timeline

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