Kings and West Hants Court Report - April 20

Published on April 20, 2017

Court news.

This is the latest court report for Kings and West Hants counties.

Jail time for break and enter, probation offence

Nelson Owen Veinotte, 21, of Kentville, has been sentenced to jail time for breaking and entering a woman’s house and committing an indictable offence therein.

Veinotte changed his plea to guilty on Feb. 21. The matter was adjourned for sentencing. On April 19, Judge Claudine MacDonald sentenced Veinotte to eight months in custody. The court granted a primary DNA order. A charge of failing to comply with probation was dismissed.

Veinotte committed the offence on Brooklyn Street, Kings County, on April 28, 2016.

Falmouth man accused of indecent act

Paul Richards, 44, of Falmouth, is facing a charge of committing an indecent act by exposing his penis and masturbating in the presence of a woman.

Richards was present in Windsor provincial court on April 18. Reading of the charge was waived and the defence requested an adjournment to May 2 for plea.

It’s alleged that Richards committed the offence in Hantsport on April 2. The charge has not been proven in court.

Jail time for breathalyser offence

Leslie Robert Mitchell, 40, of Berwick, has been sentenced to jail time for operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit and driving while disqualified.

Mitchell pleaded guilty to the charges in November. The matters were adjourned to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing.

On April 13, Judge Jean Whalen sentenced Mitchell to a total of 90 days in custody and 12 months of probation on the two charges. The court imposed a two-year driving prohibition against him in relation to the breathalyser charge. Mitchell was fined a total of $200 in victim surcharges.

Mitchell committed the offences in Lower South River on July 20, 2016. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Mitchell gave breathalyser readings of 190 and 190. A charge of operating a motor vehicle while his ability to operate was impaired by alcohol was withdrawn.

Suspended sentence for assault

Matthew Joseph Griffin, 44, of Lower Burlington, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation for committing an assault.

Griffin pleaded guilty to the charge on March 7 and the matter was adjourned to April 18 to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing. Judge Alan Tufts handed Griffin a suspended sentence with 12 months of probation and fined him $100 in victim surcharges.

Griffin committed the offence in Lower Burlington on Jan. 20.