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A smirking, remorseless 14-year-old was rebuked by a magistrate before being sentenced for his part in a brutal robbery that left a man with titanium implants in his skull.

The teen also stole treasured Queen's Badges of Honour during a burglary at the home of a 74-year-old nursing pioneer the awards have never been recovered.

The youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had no remorse for his actions, according to a social inquiry report read out in Family Court.

He admitted his part in the violent robbery of a man in front of his two young sons and also pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary.

Magistrate Nicole Stoneham was forced yesterday to rebuke the teenager for smirking, as she prepared to sentence him into the care of Child and Family Services until he is 18.

The boy admitted stealing nurse Cynthia DeSilva's Queen's Badges of Honour for decades of service to the community.

The daylight burglary of the senior's Deepdale, Pembroke, home on March 12 last year left every room of her house ransacked, the court heard.

A victim impact statement by Ms DeSilva noted she was “stunned” to discover her 2004 badges taken.

“I took steps to make my home more secure, to feel safe again,” the statement read. “However, I still feel like this could happen again.”

Jewellery and a key were also taken but the loss of the two Queen's Badges of Honour was the most painful to her, she wrote.

The defendant also admitted taking a ring from a 33-year-old man set upon in the presence of his two young sons in what Crown counsel Nicole Smith called a “group attack” in Pembroke on August 4, 2012.

The victim's statement said his sons are now “scared all the time to be alone in the dark” and have been sent abroad to live with family.

The boy also admitted stealing a $700 laptop, two BlackBerry chargers and a $300 BlackBerry from the First Avenue, Devonshire residence of Robert Gerrior on September 24, 2011.

Ms Smith said peer pressure didn't absolve the defendant, who was driven by “idle hands”.

Noting the teen was provided for at home, Ms Smith told Ms Stoneham his crimes were “nonsensical”.

The defendant gave no assistance to police. According to his report, he accepted his actions were wrong, but said: “I do not apologise to people.”

The teen has since been put under the care of Child and Family Services and placed in an alternative programme.

Ms Smith, appealing to “the creativity of the court” in putting the boy into Child Services, told the court: “These are not offences for which this defendant should receive a slap on the wrist. He needs to be penalised.”

“This didn't come from a place of hardship,” she said. “It came from a place of pure selfishness.”

The boy's tearful mother told the court: “I don't condone anything my son has done, and he knows that. He had no right to do what he done. We provide for him in every way we can.”

She said her son had grown up in a “negative, upside-down environment”, adding: “He doesn't know who he is.”

His father added that legal counsel had advised the family to avoid any contact with the victims. The defendant declined to speak.

Ms Stoneham noted the beating victim had been “a father spending quality time with his sons”.

And she described Ms DeSilva as a vulnerable 74-year-old who had been honoured for service to her community.

“She is now left feeling insecure in the very community she has dedicated her life to.”

The magistrate committed the boy to the care of Child and Family Services and ordered that he remain at his current alternative facility.

“Arrogance is a form of false pride,” she told him. “If you do not back up and fly right, you will be flying straight west.”

Do you think Ms DeSilva's Queen's Badges of Honour should be replaced? E-mail news@royalgazette.com.

(Photo by Mark Tatem) Dame Lois Browne-Evans Building which houses Bermuda's Magistrates' courts.
Magistrate Nicole Stoneham

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Published May 10, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 09, 2013 at 11:08 pm)

Teen: 'I do not apologise to people'

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