Bermuda Regiment new recruits at the start of their annual recruit camp. *File photo
Bermuda Regiment new recruits at the start of their annual recruit camp. *File photo

THURSDAY, JUNE 9: A Regiment soldier was sentenced to six months in jail after he failed to turn up to duty 32 times last year.

Joshua Tweed, 21, had the sentence suspended after he admitted failing to appear between March 25, 2010 and December 8, 2010.

The court heard Tweed was enlisted in the Regiment on December 5, 2008 and was required to attend a minimum of 40 drills per year.

Since 2008, Tweed completed 14 drills. He has missed Regiment duty in the past.

Asked to explain himself, Tweed said: “Last year right before army started, I got into an accident around September.

“And I had my injuries up until January.

“I couldn’t walk on my right ankle and I had head injuries because my helmet come off and I hit my head.”

But Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner asked him why he hasn’t attended since January.

Tweed said: “It slipped my mind. No one called me or anything.”

Mr Warner then asked: “It slipped your mind that you’re a man of the Regiment?”

Tweed said, “Yes.”

Mr Warner said: “You had no intention of going back to the Bermuda Regiment.

“As a man of the Bermuda Regiment, you are ordered to attend for a length of time.

“My view is that you had no intention of going back to the Regiment.”

Tweed maintained no one had told him when he was due to restart.

Mr Warner gave Tweed six months in prison suspended for 12 months. if he commits any further offences including regimental offences, the sentence could be activated.