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Former RBR commander not to appeal sentence for corruption

Doing time: David Curley was jailed for six months last week (File photograph)

The disgraced former commander of the Royal Bermuda Regiment will not be launching an appeal against his sentence.

David Curley was jailed for six months last week after pleading guilty to a charge of official corruption. A further 12-month jail term was suspended for one year.

Curley, 55, had admitted to providing decommissioned guns from the regiment’s arsenal to lawyer Justin Williams. In exchange, Mr Williams offered to nominate Curley for membership to the Order of St John.

The offence took place over several months in 2015 before Curley’s promotion to head of the RBR with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in February 2016. Mr Williams was also charged, but he died in the United States in 2021 before he could be extradited to Bermuda.

At last week’s sentencing, defence lawyer Mark Pettingill asked if Curley could be bailed to allow him to file an appeal. That request was refused by sentencing judge Juan Wolffe, and Curley was sent straight from the court building to Westgate Correctional Facility to begin his sentence.

Mr Pettingill has since confirmed that Curley will not be appealing his sentence.