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Kings and West Hants Court Report, Nov. 1, 2019

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

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

Jail time for various offences

Kevin Allen Pierce, 53, of Kentville, has been sentenced to jail time for assault causing bodily harm; two counts of assault, three counts of failing to comply with his undertaking and three counts of failing to comply with his recognizance.

Pierce pleaded guilty or changed his pleas to guilty to the nine charges on Oct. 9. The matters were adjourned to Oct. 29 for sentencing.

Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek sentenced Pierce to a total of 330 days in custody and 12 months of reporting probation on the nine charges. In relation to the charge of assault causing bodily harm, Pierce was given credit at time-and-a-half for 84 days spent remanded in custody, or 126 days. This leaves a net sentence of 204 days for Pierce to serve going forward.

In relation to the assault causing bodily harm charge, the court imposed a five-year firearms prohibition against Pierce and granted a primary DNA order.

Pierce committed the offences in Kingston on Oct. 10, 2018, and Jan. 25, 2019; in Wilmot on Nov. 7, 2018; in Paradise on Dec. 17 and 27, 2018; and in Kentville on May 3 and 14, 2019.

Impaired driving

Kourtney Suzan Selleck, 38, of Oshawa, Ontario, has been fined for operating a conveyance while her ability to do so was impaired by alcohol.

Selleck was present in Kentville provincial court in custody on a warrant on Oct. 25. She consented to being remanded in custody until Oct. 28 for sentencing. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek fined Selleck $1,150 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against her.

Selleck committed the offence in Kentville on Aug. 20. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Selleck’s blood alcohol reading was not available.

A charge of refusing to comply with a demand made by a police officer under Section 320.27 or 320.28 of the Criminal Code was withdrawn on Oct. 28. These sections of the Criminal Code relate to screening drivers for alcohol and drugs.

Breathalyser offence

Sherry Arlene Sears, 60, of Windsor, has been fined for having a blood alcohol concentration that was equal to or exceeded the legal limit within two hours after ceasing to operate a conveyance.

Sears pleaded guilty to the charge on Oct. 29. Judge Christopher Manning fined Sears $2,000 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against her.

Sears committed the offence in Windsor on Aug. 10. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Sears gave breathalyzer readings of 180 and 160.

A charge of operating a conveyance while her ability to do so was impaired by alcohol was withdrawn on Oct. 29.

Obstructed police officers

David Edward Geddes, 43, of Waterville, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation for obstructing two constables from the Kingston RCMP engaged in the execution of their duty by not complying with and interfering in an investigation.

Geddes pleaded guilty to the charge on Sept. 10. The matter was adjourned to Oct. 31 to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing. Judge Christopher Manning handed Geddes a suspended sentence with nine months of reporting probation.

Geddes committed the offence in Waterville on March 10.

Suspended sentence for fraud

Catlin Wayne Gould, 27, of Kentville, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation for defrauding Pro Tech Roofing of a value not exceeding $5,000.

Gould pleaded guilty to the charge on Aug. 27 and the matter was adjourned to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing.

On Oct. 30, Judge Christopher Manning handed Gould a suspended sentence with 18 months of reporting probation, including $600 in restitution to Pro Tech Roofing, payable at a rate of $50 a month beginning Nov. 25.

Gould committed the offence in Highbury between Nov. 20 and Dec. 10, 2018.

Suspended sentence for assault

Barry Forrest, 53, of Newport, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation for committing an assault.

Forrest changed his plea to guilty on Aug. 30. The matter was adjourned to Oct. 29 to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing. Judge Christopher Manning handed Forrest a suspended sentence with 12 months of reporting probation.

Forrest committed the offence in Ellershouse on May 28.

Possessed stolen property

Markus Benjamin Caldwell, 31, of Three Mile Plains, has been fined for possessing stolen property of a value not exceeding $5,000, an aluminum boat and Suzuki outboard motor.

Caldwell changed his plea to guilty on Aug. 2. The matter was adjourned to Oct. 29 to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing.

Judge Christopher Manning fined Caldwell $100. Caldwell paid $300 in restitution through the Crown.

Caldwell committed the offence in Three Mile Plains on Aug. 9, 2018.

Probation offences

Rita Colleen Banks, 46, of Middleton, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation for two counts of failing to comply with probation by failing to abstain from having any direct or indirect contact or communication with an individual.

Banks pleaded guilty to the charges on July 30 and the matters were adjourned to Oct. 28 to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing.

Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed Banks a suspended sentence with eight months of probation on the two charges.

Banks committed the offences in New Minas between Feb. 14 and 21; and between Feb. 22 and March 8.

Drove while disqualified

Robin Lee Spidle, 28, of Mountain Front, has been fined for operating a motor vehicle while disqualified from doing so.

Spidle changed his plea to guilty on Oct. 31. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek fined Spidle $500.

Spidle committed the offence in Mountain Front on June 5, 2017. Charges of operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit and operating a motor vehicle while his ability to do so was impaired by alcohol or a drug were dismissed on Oct. 31.

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