A warrant held for a Kings County man charged under the Nova Scotia Direct Seller’s Act after he didn’t make a scheduled court appearance has been vacated.
Thomas Peter Fennessey, 35, of Wolfville, is facing three charges of carrying on the business of direct selling medical alarm systems and monitoring services without the necessary permit.
Fennessey appeared in Kentville Provincial Court on Nov. 12. He wasn’t represented by a lawyer, but received a disclosure package from the Crown. Judge Alan Tufts adjourned the matters to Dec. 9 to allow Fennessey time to review the disclosure material and for election and plea.
However, Fennessey didn’t appear in Kentville court on Dec. 9. The matters were adjourned to Dec. 12 for election and plea. A warrant was held until that time. According to a news release from the RCMP issued on Nov. 4, Fennessey was also scheduled to appear in Shubenacadie Provincial Court on Dec. 9 in relation to two other incidents.
The court issued and endorsed the warrant for Fennessey’s arrest on Dec. 12 when he wasn’t present in court. However, he showed up later in the day and the court vacated the warrant. The matters have been adjourned to Jan. 23, 2014 to allow time for Fennessey to seek legal counsel and for election and plea.
The Nov. 4 news release said police received complaints in early August that people may have been defrauded after large amounts of money were requested in advance for the purchase of medical alarm equipment and monitoring services. After further investigation, police determined that the seller did not hold a permit to sell, which is required under the Direct Sellers Regulation Act of Nova Scotia.