TUESDAY, AUGUST 14: A Regiment soldier was today jailed for 30 days after he failed to turn up for duty.

Richard Trott, 21, pleaded guilty to missing eight occasions of duty between June 12 and October 24, 2010.

He also admitted failing to complete an additional five days between December 3 and December 16, 2010.

The court heard Trott was enlisted in the Bermuda Regiment on December 5, 2008 and was required to attend on a regular basis.

Crown counsel Tawana Tannock said Trott was given five extra days to make up and he failed to do those as well.

In the two years he was in the Regiment, Trott completed 36 and a half drills.

A minimum of 40 per year is required.

Addressing the court, Trott said he did complete the five days and said he then “stopped going”.

He also claimed he had asthma as a reason why he failed to attend.

But Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner seemed to doubt his excuse.

“There are all kinds of conditions and support and excuses for people who are unfit for duty.

“Do you intend to go back?”

Trott shook his head and didn’t answer the Magistrate.

Mr Warner then said: “I usually deal with these things by way of a suspended sentence and then you commit to going back and doing your time but you’re not interested so neither am I.”

Trott was given 30 days imprisonment.