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Kings and West Hants Court Report, Sept. 13

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

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

Federal sentence for drug charges

Tyler John Ward, 21, of Berwick, has been handed a federal sentence for possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and for possessing morphine for the purpose of trafficking.

Ward pleaded guilty to the charges on Nov. 29, 2017. The court ordered a pre-sentence report on July 11, 2019, and the matters were adjourned to Sept. 11 for sentencing.

Judge Christopher Manning sentenced Ward to two years in federal custody for possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and sentenced him to six months, to be served concurrently, for possessing morphine for the purpose of trafficking.

The court imposed a 12-year firearm prohibition against Ward and granted a secondary DNA order.

Ward committed the offences in Morristown on May 26 and 27, 2017.

Custody for various offences

Cody Kenneth Pearl, 22, of Hammonds Plains, has been sentenced to jail time for several offences, including: failing to stop his vehicle and give his name and address and failing to offer assistance after being involved in an accident; breaking and entering a seasonal residence with intent to commit an indictable offence therein; defrauding an individual of the sum of $1,550; willfully obstructing a police constable engaged in the execution of his duty investigating a motor vehicle infraction by not abiding by a direction to park his vehicle in a specific area; possessing a stolen vehicle – an Acura Integra - of a value not exceeding $5,000; possessing a stolen vehicle – a Dodge Ram - of a value exceeding $5,000; failing to comply with his recognizance; stealing property of a value not exceeding $5,000; defrauding an individual of a sum of money not exceeding $5,000 and failing to comply with his recognizance by failing to attend court as and when directed.

Pearl was present in Kentville provincial court in custody on Sept. 11, when he pleaded guilty or changed his pleas to guilty to the 10 charges. Judge Christopher Manning sentenced Pearl to a total of 210 days in custody, to be followed by 18 months of probation.

Pearl committed the offences in Upper Dyke on Dec. 7, 2016; in Lockhartville on July 25, 2018; in Cambridge, Hants County, on April 25, 2018; in Sheffield Mills on Jan. 10, 2019; in New Minas between July 28 and Aug. 30, 2018; in Halifax on Dec. 14, 2018; in Hammonds Plains on Dec. 1, 2018, and in Kentville on June 4, 2019.

Several other charges were withdrawn or dismissed on Sept. 11, including two counts of driving without insurance; two counts of driving while his licence was suspended; operating an unregistered vehicle; failing or refusing to provide the registrar with information regarding changing the colour of a motor vehicle; displaying a number plate issued for another vehicle; stealing property of a value exceeding $5,000; two more counts of failing to comply with his recognizance; failing to obey a police officer by not stopping his vehicle where directed and leaving when not directed to; using a forged cheque as if it were genuine; possessing a stolen cheque; theft of an Acura Integra; possessing stolen property of a value not exceeding $5,000 and trafficking in property obtained by crime.

Custody for various offences

Justin Michael Sim, 41, of Greenwood, has been sentenced to jail time for stealing meat products from the Atlantic Superstore, failing to comply with probation, stealing property from the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation of a value not exceeding $5,000 and failing to attend court in accordance with a promise to appear in which he had been named.

Sim was present in Kentville provincial court in custody on Sept. 11, when he pleaded guilty to the four charges. Judge Christopher Manning sentenced Sim to 60 days in custody for stealing meat products. He was sentenced to 30 days in custody, to be served concurrently, on each of the remaining three charges.

Sim committed the offences in Kingston between Dec. 12 and 15, 2018, and on July 17, 2019; and in Kentville on May 7, 2019.

Breathalyser offence

Daniel Brushett, 30, of Lake Paul, 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.

Brushett pleaded guilty to the charge on Sept. 10. Judge Christopher Manning fined Brushett $1,500 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against him.

Brushett committed the offence in Lake Paul on June 15. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Brushett gave breathalyser readings of 170 and 150.

Charges of dangerous driving and operating a conveyance while his ability to do so was impaired to any degree by alcohol or a drug or both were withdrawn on Sept. 10.

Stole hoodie, possessed methadone

Kimberly Ann Cook, 49, of Windsor, has been fined for stealing a hoodie from Joe’s Men’s Wear and for unlawfully possessing methadone.

Cook pleaded guilty to the charges on Sept. 10. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek fined Cook $100 for stealing a hoodie and fined her $50 for unlawfully possessing methadone.

Cook committed the offences in Windsor on Sept. 27, 2018, and on Feb. 17, 2019. A charge of failing to comply with her undertaking was withdrawn on Sept. 10.

Conditional discharge for various offences

Daniel Joseph Schnare, 22, of Mount Denson, has been handed a conditional discharge with probation for committing an assault; two counts of failing to comply with his undertaking and three counts of failing to comply with his recognizance.

Schnare changed his plea to guilty to the assault charge on March 11 and pleaded guilty to the other five charges on July 26. The matters were adjourned to Sept. 10 for sentencing.

Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed Schnare a conditional discharge with 12 months of probation on the six charges. In relation to the assault charge, Schnare has been ordered to complete 35 hours of community service work as part of his probation.

Schnare committed the offences in Windsor on May 17, 2018; between June 29 and Aug. 3, 2018, on Aug. 1, 2018, and between Nov. 18 and Dec. 28, 2018; and in Centre Burlington on June 17 and June 21, 2018.

A charge of uttering a death threat was dismissed on July 26 and seven more counts of failing to comply with his recognizance were withdrawn by the Crown on Sept. 10.

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