Kentville woman accused of baby bunny theft has case moved to adult diversion

Kirk Starratt
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Four three-week-old bunnies, similar to the one seen here, have been stolen from the rabbit pen at Hennigar’s Farm Market in Greenwich

A Kentville woman charged in connection with the theft of bunnies from Hennigar’s Farm Market in Greenwich last year won’t be going to jail.

Tessa Lee Davidson’s case will be dealt with through adult diversion. The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of theft under $5,000 in November. The Crown decided not to proceed with a second charge: possession of stolen property obtained by crime.

Davidson was not present in Kentville Provincial Court Jan. 6, but public defender Brian Vardigans said he had received a message from Davidson that day and informed the court the matter would be going to the adult diversion program.

Judge Alan Tufts said a plea had already been entered. Vardigans asked the previous guilty plea be withdrawn, as an agreement has been reached between the Crown and defence for the case to go to adult diversion. Crown prosecutor Robert Morrison said he had no problem with the guilty plea being withdrawn. Tufts adjourned the matter until late April for a status report.

Information from the Department of Justice website indicates that when a person 18 years or older in Nova Scotia commits a minor criminal offence, the adult diversion program offers a post-charge alternative to a court proceeding. The offender must accept responsibility for his or her actions and is made aware of the harm suffered by the victim. Both the victim and the offender are offered an opportunity to resolve the situation in a fair and equitable manner.

There were two baby rabbits stolen from the pen in the farm market’s petting zoo Aug. 26. Two more rabbits taken from the pen two days later. According to a news release issued by the RCMP following the arrests of a 22-year-old Kentville man and a 19-year-old Kentville woman, police recovered two deceased baby rabbits from an apartment building parking lot.

Colten Christopher Robert Young, 22, Kentville, failed to appear for court on Nov. 25. He was scheduled to enter pleas on charges of possession of stolen property valued at less than $5,000 and willfully obstructing a peace officer engaged in the execution of his duty during an investigation into the stolen rabbits Sept. 4 in Kentville. A warrant was authorized and endorsed for Young for failing to attend court as directed.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Kentville, Greenwich

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  • Murrb
    January 06, 2014 - 14:34

    May we know what is "adult diversion"? Why did they kill the little bunny rabbits? We need to penalize the guilty.

  • Jillian
    January 06, 2014 - 13:16

    Shouldn't they be charged with animal cruelty as well?

    • irene
      January 06, 2014 - 21:21

      I hardly think taking babies away from their mommy and causing them to die is grounds for adult diversion. that is ok for theif of a candy bar or tampon, but not innocent fluffy lives. Yes where is the charge of animal cruelity???