Man charged with assaulting children

News  |  June 17, 2024

A Sandys man has been accused of assaulting two children more than 40 years ago. The 81-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was charged with six counts of indecently assaulting a boy and girl, as well as committing a sexual offence against the boy, when he appeared in Magistrates’ Court yesterday. The offences were allegedly committed between 1977 and 1982, when the alle... Read more

Smiths Parish Man Charged With Sexual Offense Against Child in Magistrates Court

News  |  June 13, 2024

A 55 year old Smith Parish man was charged with three (3) sexual related offences on a child in Magistrates Court yesterday The man who cannot be named for legal reasons, elected for the case to be heard in Magistrate Court has been charged with (1) Between 27th day of May 2014, and the 8th March 2024, in the Islands of Bermuda unlawfully assaulted a young person (2) Being in a position of ... Read more

Photos & Videos: SCARS Kayak For Kids Event

News  |  June 9, 2024

Kayakers, paddleboarders, surf skiers, and rowers completed a loop of the island this weekend to raise money for the child sexual abuse prevention charity SCARS during the ninth annual Kayak for Kids event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bdvv31XHvuU https://youtube.com/watch?v=0kSIGvVwAvY Click for more photos... Bernews ... Read more

Six-year prison term for sex offence against girl

News  |  June 5, 2024

A 64-year-old man was sentenced to six years behind bars after he admitted having unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl ten years ago. Kevin Goater, of Loyal Hill, Devonshire, was sentenced on May 22 and is to be placed on the sex offenders’ register on release from custody. Goater’s identity was earlier protected by a reporting restriction that was lifted because the Supreme Court took t... Read more

Kayakers Event To Raise Money For SCARS

News  |  June 3, 2024

Kayakers, paddleboarders, surf skiers, and rowers will complete a loop of the island this weekend to raise money for a child sexual abuse prevention charity. The ninth annual Kayak for Kids on Saturday and Sunday [June 8 and 9] is in aid of Saving Children and Revealing Secrets [SCARS]. Organisers are hoping for a bumper turnout, including corporate relay teams, with the 40-mile route start... Read more

64 year old man sentenced to Six years for child sexual offense

News  |  May 22, 2024

A 64 year old Devonshire man was sentenced to six (6) years in prison today after admitting having unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl ten years ago. Kevin Goater of Loyal Hill Devonshire will also be placed on the sex offender registry when released from prison. Acting Supreme Court Judge Maxanne Anderson telling Goater this case has been three years in waiting and eight years prior to tha... Read more

Victim of child sex offence has no regrets about telling truth

News  |  May 15, 2024

A victim of a sexual offence against a child said her life would never be the same after a man “stole her innocence” when she was 13. The perpetrator, who cannot be named because of a reporting restriction, admitted having unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl ten years ago. His sentencing is expected to take place on May 22. In an impact statement, read to the Supreme Court yesterday ... Read more

Man denies sexually assaulting two girls

News  |  April 16, 2024

A Pembroke man denied sexually assaulting two girls when he appeared in Magistrates’ Court yesterday. The 20-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is accused of assaulting one girl on two occasions in 2023, as well as assaulting and intruding on the privacy of another on April 2. Senior magistrate Maxanne Anderson adjourned the case to May 6 and released the man on $5,000 ... Read more

Canadian sentenced in absentia to ten weeks’ jail time

News  |  April 15, 2024

A Canadian man convicted of performing an indecent act in front of a woman was sentenced yesterday in his absence to ten weeks imprisonment. Brent Habetler, originally from Saskatchewan, was not present at his sentencing hearing in Magistrates’ Court because he was allowed to return home after his conviction, but did not come back to Bermuda. The 46-year-old was also fined $500 for a... Read more

Canadian’s indecent exposure, assault sentence postponed

News  |  April 10, 2024

The sentencing of a Canadian man convicted of assault and performing an indecent act near a public pool has been postponed as Magistrates’ Court waits for him to return to Bermuda. Brent Habetler, 46, was due to be sentenced yesterday after being convicted of the offences last Thursday. But Magistrate Craig Attridge heard that he flew back to his native Saskatchewan and has not ... Read more

Canadian convicted of committing indecent act

News  |  April 5, 2024

A Canadian man has been found guilty in Magistrates’ Court of committing an indecent act in front of a woman at Willowbank Resort. Magistrate Craig Attridge also found Brent Habetler, 46, guilty of assaulting a man at the Sandys hotel. During his trial in February, a woman told the court that she saw Habetler, from Saskatchewan, “moving his hands rapidly” inside his pants in a co... Read more

More than 1,000 child abuse complaints in 2023

News  |  April 2, 2024

The Department of Child and Family Services received 1,006 child abuse reports last year, with 741 meeting the criteria for investigation. Tinée Furbert, the Minister of Youth, Social Development and Seniors, revealed this yesterday during a proclamation outside City Hall designating April Child Abuse Prevention Month. “The number of children exposed to family violence remains the highes... Read more