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Kings and West Hants Court Report, Feb. 1

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

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

Jail time, probation for sexual assault

Brian Matthew Rogers, 29, of Kingston, has been sentenced to jail time and a period of probation for committing a sexual assault.

Rogers changed his plea to guilty on June 6, 2018, and the matter was adjourned to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing. The accused later made an application to the court to withdraw his guilty plea but this was denied in an Oct. 29, 2018, decision.

Submissions on the sentencing were heard on Nov. 29, 2018, and the sentencing hearing continued on Jan. 17. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek sentenced Rogers to nine months in custody and two years of probation. The court granted a primary DNA order and imposed a lifetime Sex Offender Information Registration Act (SOIRA) order against Rogers.

Rogers committed the offence in Kingston on June 10, 2017. The identity of the victim is protected by a publication ban.

Breathalyser, probation offences

Ronald Joseph Young, 44, of Aylesford, has been fined for operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit and for failing to comply with probation.

Young pleaded guilty to the charges on Jan. 29. Judge Christopher Manning fined Young a total of $1,300 for the breathalyser offence and fined him a total of $100 for failing to comply with probation.

Young committed the offences in Auburn on Oct. 19, 2018. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Young gave breathalyser readings of 180 and 180.

Breathalyser offence

Scott Benjamin, 28, of New Minas, has been fined for operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Benjamin pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 29. Judge Christopher Manning fined him a total of $1,000 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against him.

Benjamin committed the offence in New Minas on Nov. 4, 2018. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Benjamin gave breathalyser readings of 120 and 120.

Breathalyser offence

Josh Anthony Bourque, 19, of South Alton, has been fined for operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Bourque pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 29. Judge Christopher Manning fined Bourque a total of $1,200 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against him.

Bourque committed the offence in New Minas on Nov. 3, 2018. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Bourque gave breathalyser readings of 170 and 170.

Breathalyser offence

Michael William Broom, 23, of Greenwood, has been fined for operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Broom pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 29. Judge Christopher Manning fined Broom a total of $1,000 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against him.

Broom committed the offence in Greenwood on Sept. 22, 2018. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Broom gave breathalyser readings of 140 and 140.

Breathalyser offence

James Allison Hawkes, 69, of Berwick, has been fined for operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Hawkes pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 29. Judge Christopher Manning fined Hawkes a total of $1,300 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against him.

Hawkes committed the offence in Windermere on Sept. 3, 2018. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Hawkes gave breathalyser readings of 200 and 200.

Breathalyser offence

Lauren Jardine, 21, of Port Williams, has been fined for operating a motor vehicle while her blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Jardine pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 29. Judge Christopher Manning fined Jardine a total of $1,000 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against her.

Jardine committed the offence in Wolfville on Oct. 12, 2018. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Jardine gave breathalyser readings of 90 and 90.

Breathalyser offence

Joseph David Messom, 50, of Wolfville, has been fined for operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Messom pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 29. Judge Christopher Manning fined Messom a total of $1,300 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against him.

Messom committed the offence in Bishopville on Oct. 5, 2018. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Messom gave breathalyser readings of 190 and 190.

Suspended sentence with probation

Tyler James Guest, 24, of Coldbrook, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation for possessing a hydraulic press knowing that it would be used to traffic in cocaine.

Guest changed his plea to guilty to the charge on Jan. 31. Judge Christopher Manning handed Guest a suspended sentence with nine months of reporting probation, including 30 hours of community service work.

Guest committed the offence in Coldbrook on Sept. 13, 2017. A charge of possessing steroids for the purpose of trafficking was withdrawn on Feb. 27, 2018.

Recognizance offence

Stephen Ryan McKay, 23, of Kingston, has been sentenced to time deemed served for failing to comply with his recognizance.

McKay was present in Kentville provincial court in custody on Jan. 28, when he pleaded guilty to the charge. Judge Christopher Manning sentenced McKay to one day in custody deemed served.

McKay committed the offence in Kentville on Jan. 27.

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