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Art gallery thief given chance to reform

Junius Caines (File photograph)

A man who broke into an art gallery and stole cash when he was under a court supervision order has been sentenced to time served.

Junius Caines, 52, admitted that he stole $40 in bills and $20 in dollar coins from the Bermuda Society of Arts Gallery in Hamilton’s City Hall on May 15 this year.

Caines also admitted that he damaged the screen of a cash machine in Pembroke on September 2 last year.

Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons sentenced Caines to time served for the offences.

She highlighted that he had already spent about five months behind bars on remand.

Caines was jailed for three years and four months in 2016 after he admitted a serious sexual assault.

He attacked a woman in a Hamilton street, but fled after a group of passers-by came to the victim's aid.

The sentence was followed by a five-year supervision order that included several conditions.

These included wearing an electronic tag, observation of a curfew, avoidance of drugs and treatment at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute.

Caines was released from prison in June 2019, but the court heard he had been sent back to prison twice since then because of breaches of the supervision order.

Court Services said that Caines was compliant with orders when he was off drugs, but problems arose when he relapsed.

His supervising officer told the court: “What we want is for him to be successful in finishing this last bit of his supervision.

“When he is substance-free, he is a different person.”

Mrs Justice Simmons told Caines: “What you need to do is stay away from drugs.

“Right now, that is our biggest problem because you are very compliant with your supervision order and you are a very pleasant person when you stay away from drugs.”

She warned Caines that if he followed the order, court services could loosen his restrictions, but if he failed to do so he would end up behind bars again.

Mrs Justice Simmons added: “Everyone has tried their best for you. Let’s see if you can do for yourself.”

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