Vandals get a break

PORT McNEILL – Three youth have been charged with vandalism at the Community Hall, but they will not appear in court.

  • Feb. 3, 2011 11:00 a.m.

PORT McNEILL – Three youth have been charged with vandalism at the Community Hall, but they will not appear in court.

The Community Hall suffered several thousands of dollars in damages near the end of 2010 when vandals broke into the building, discharged fire extinguishers and dumped cleaning supplies on the floor. Damage was also done to the walls and washrooms, said RCMP at the time.

The RCMP Forensic Identification Section assisted with the investigation, said Sgt. Phil Lue.

“Some astute work by Cpl. Andrew Bachman and Cpl. Michael Di Iorio assisted the investigation,” said Lue. “They went in, went through the scene and found some clues … that eventually led them to the people.”

Those people, three minors who cannot be named, were charged in the incident but alternate measures will be imposed rather than having the youth go through the courts, said Lue.

“In conversations with the mayor, the Crown and RCMP, it was decided alternate measures would be appropriate,” said Lue. Just what restitution would be required of the youths has not been determined but would likely involve some community service, said Lue.