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Kings and West Hants Court Report, Nov. 9

The Kentville law courts. - File
The Kentville law courts. - File

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

Conditional discharge for assaults

Joshua Charles Benjamin, 22, of Wolfville, has been handed a conditional discharge with probation after pleading guilty to two counts of assault.

Benjamin changed his pleas to guilty to both counts on Sept. 18 and the matters were adjourned to Nov. 5 to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed Benjamin a conditional discharge with nine months of reporting probation on the two charges.

Benjamin committed the offences in Wolfville on Feb. 22 and March 9.

Conditional sentence with house arrest

Jason Joseph Jesso-Hill Jr., 22, of Kentville, will serve a period of imprisonment in the community after pleading guilty to charges of defrauding Reid’s Meats of $1,405.36 and failing to comply with probation by failing to report as directed.

Jesso-Hill pleaded guilty to the probation charge in August and the matter was adjourned to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing. He pleaded guilty to the fraud charge on Nov. 5. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed Jesso-Hill a 30-day conditional sentence order on the fraud charge and a 15-day conditional sentence order, to be served consecutively, for the probation offence. Jesso-Hill will be on house arrest for the first 15 days, to be followed by daily curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the remaining 30 days.

Jesso-Hill committed the offences in Gaspereau between June 9 and 20, 2017, and in Kentville between June 29 and Sept. 21, 2017.

Charges of possessing stolen cheques belonging to Baby Consignment of a value not exceeding $5,000; defrauding an individual of a value not exceeding $5,000, stealing property of a value not exceeding $5,000 from an individual, using a stolen credit card and possession of stolen property of a value not exceeding $5,000 were withdrawn on Nov. 5.

Curative treatment discharge

The court has handed Lyam Hunter Curry, 20, of New Minas, a curative treatment conditional discharge for operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Curry pleaded guilty to the charge in April. The matter was adjourned to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing. The court imposed a one-year driving prohibition against Curry on Sept. 19.

On Nov. 5, Judge Christopher Manning accepted a joint recommendation from the Crown and defence and handed Curry a curative treatment conditional discharge with 12 months of probation and 100 hours of community service work.

Curry committed the offence in Port Williams on July 23, 2017. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Curry gave breathalyser readings of 130 and 130.

Man handed two weeks for mischief, assault

A man has been handed a total of 14 days in custody after being found guilty of breaking windows and assaulting a police officer.

Dylan Justin Leopold, 25, of Three Miles Plains, was found guilty on Nov. 2 in Kentville Provincial Court on two counts of mischief – both for mischief under $5,000 – and one count of assaulting a police officer in the line of duty. Leopold was sentenced to 14 days in custody for each offence, to be served concurrently.

Drug possession leads to conditional sentence

A man will serve three concurrent conditional sentences after being found guilty on three separate charges.

James Arthur Wood, 30, of Windsor, appeared in court Nov. 2 and was handed an 18-month conditional sentence order after he was found guilty of possession of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.

He was handed two more concurrent conditional sentences of two and three months respectively for possession of cocaine and resisting arrest.

Assault charges translate to firearm ban

A man has been handed a conditional sentence and one-year probation after found guilty of assault.

Bradley Shane Beck, 31, of Greenwood, was convicted on two counts of assaults stemming from incidents that occurred in Greenwood on July 13 and August 23, 2017.

Beck appeared in Kentville Provincial Court Nov. 1 and received a 15-month conditional sentence plus 12-months of probation, along with a five-year firearm ban for each charge, to be served concurrently.

The judge also ordered a secondary DNA sample be granted as part of the sentence.

The Crown failed to offer evidence on a number of other related charges Beck was facing. All other related charges have been dismissed.

Suspended sentence for death threat

Jerry William Bruce, 51, of Dempsey’s Corner, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation for uttering a death threat.

Bruce pleaded guilty to the charge on Nov. 6. Judge Christopher Manning handed Bruce a suspended sentence with nine months of reporting probation.

Bruce committed the offence in Greenwood on July 24. A charge of committing mischief by willfully damaging a beer tap of the Oaken Barrel Pub by yanking on it was withdrawn on Nov. 6.

Suspended sentence for various offences

Joshua Alexander Provost, 27, of Berwick, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation for failing to comply with probation by failing to report as directed; defrauding an individual of a sum of money not exceeding $5,000, failing to comply with his recognizance by failing to keep the peace and to be of good behaviour and failing to attend court as required.

Provost pleaded guilty to the probation charge in February, 2017. He pleaded guilty to the fraud charge and the recognizance charge on Sept. 13 and pleaded guilty to failing to attend court as required prior to his sentencing on Nov. 6.

Judge Christopher Manning handed Provost a suspended sentence with nine months of reporting probation on the four charges.

Provost committed the offences in Kentville between March 10 and Aug. 15, 2016; in Berwick on Aug. 6, 2017, and in Kentville on Aug. 28. A charge of possessing a stolen debit card of a value not exceeding $5,000 was withdrawn on Nov. 6.

Breathalyser offence

Laurie Munro Jackson, 44, of Woodville, has been fined for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level exceeding the legal limit.

Jackson pleaded guilty to the charge on Nov. 6. Judge Christopher Manning fined Jackson a total of $1,820 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against Jackson. Jackson was also sentenced to nine months of reporting probation.

Jackson committed the offence in Kentville on April 18. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Jackson gave breathalyser readings of 260 and 260.

Breathalyser offence

Brittany Mae Halliday, 24, of Coldbrook, has been fined for operating a motor vehicle while her blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Halliday pleaded guilty to the charge on Nov. 6. Judge Christopher Manning fined Halliday a total of $1,560 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against her.

Halliday committed the offence in Kentville on Sept. 13. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Halliday gave breathalyser readings of 180 and 180.

Conditional sentence, probation

Alexander Patrick Hubley, 20, of Timberlea, has been handed a conditional sentence order with daily curfew for failing to comply with probation by having direct or indirect contact or communication with an individual.

Hubley changed his plea to guilty on Oct. 23 and the matter was adjourned to Nov. 6 for sentencing. Judge Christopher Manning handed Hubley a 45-day conditional sentence order with daily curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the entire time, to be followed by 12 months of reporting probation.

Hubley committed the offence in Wolfville on Feb. 5.

Suspended sentence for assault, probation offence

Charles Allison Hazel, 36, of Centreville, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation for committing an assault and failing to comply with probation.

Hazel was originally charged with carrying a weapon in committing an assault but pleaded guilty to the lesser, included offence of assault on Sept. 18. He also changed his plea to guilty on the probation charge on Sept. 18. The matters were adjourned to Nov. 7 to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing.

Judge Christopher Manning handed Hazel a suspended sentence with two years of reporting probation on the two charges. The court imposed a five-year firearm prohibition and granted a secondary DNA order in relation to the assault charge.

Hazel committed the offences in North Kentville between April 1 and 30, 2017, and on Sept. 21, 2017. A charge of unlawful confinement and another count of failing to comply with probation were withdrawn on Nov. 7.

Suspended sentence for assault, recognizance offence

Kolby Luke Jordan, 23, of Kentville, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation for committing an assault and has been fined for failing to comply with his recognizance.

Jordan was originally charged with assault causing bodily harm but pleaded guilty to the lesser, included offence of assault on Nov. 1. He also changed his plea to guilty on the recognizance charge. The matters were adjourned to Nov. 7 for sentencing.

Judge Christopher Manning handed Jordan a suspended sentence with 12 months of reporting probation on the assault charge and fined him a total of $455 for failing to comply with his recognizance.

Jordan committed the offences in Kentville on June 24. Another assault charge and a charge of entering a house with intent to commit an indictable offence therein were withdrawn on Nov. 7.

Conditional discharge for various offences

Selena Nicole Hartling, 22, of Kentville, has been handed a conditional discharge with probation for several offences, including causing a disturbance in a public place by screaming, shouting, swearing or using obscene or insulting language; three counts of failing to comply with her undertaking, assault and failing to comply with her recognizance.

Hartling pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to comply with her undertaking, the assault charge and failing to comply with her recognizance on Aug. 15. The matters were adjourned to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing. Another assault charge was dismissed when Hartling agreed to enter into a nine-month peace bond.

Hartling pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and a count of failing to comply with her undertaking on June 19. She stood trial on these charges on Nov. 6. She was found not guilty on the assault charge but was found guilty of failing to comply with her undertaking. The matter was adjourned to the following day for sentencing.

Hartling pleaded guilty to causing a disturbance in a public place prior to her sentencing on Nov. 7.

Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed Hartling a conditional discharge with 18 months of probation on the six charges. Hartling has been ordered to complete 10 hours of community service work as part of her probation.

Hartling committed the offences in Kentville on May 17 and 26 and on July 31, 2017; between Jan. 28 and Feb. 1, 2018, and on April 25, 2018.

Several other charges were withdrawn or dismissed on Nov. 7, including two more counts of failing to comply with her undertaking, two more counts of failing to comply with her recognizance, another count of assault and a mischief charge.

Fined for probation offence

Taylor Wayne Ross Hunt, 25, of Kentville, has been fined for failing to comply with probation.

Hunt pleaded guilty to the charge on Nov. 6. Judge Christopher Manning fined Hunt a total of $390.

Hunt committed the offence in Kentville on Sept. 22.

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