Berwick man fails to comply with sex offender act order

Kirk Starratt
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A Berwick man will serve time for failing to report as required by a Sex Offender Information Registration Act (SOIRA) order and several other offences.

Daniel Wayne Surette, 25, pleaded not guilty last June to charges of failing to comply with a court order to report as required to the Sex Offender Information Registration Act registration centre and failing to comply with probation. The matters were adjourned for trial, but on Jan. 14, Surette changed his pleas to guilty.

Surette also pleaded guilty on Jan. 14 to three counts of failing to comply with his recognizance, two more charges of failing to comply with probation, failing without lawful excuse to appear as required for the purposes of the Identification of Criminals Act and failing to attend court in accordance with a summons.

Judge Claudine Macdonald sentenced Surette to five months in custody and six months of probation on the nine charges.

Surette was initially sentenced to 90 days in custody and one year of probation after pleading guilty to sexual assault in late November 2012. The court granted a DNA order against Surette at the time and imposed a 10-year Sex Offender Information Registration Act order against him.

Surette committed the offence of failing to report to the Sex Offender Information Registration Act registration centre in New Minas between Feb. 9 and March 13, 2013. The other offences were committed in Cambridge on April 10, Digby on Aug. 31, Dartmouth on Sept. 23 and 25, Kingston on Dec. 13, Kentville on Dec. 16 and 19 and Berwick on Dec. 21, 2013.

Geographic location: New Minas, Cambridge, Dartmouth Kingston Kentville

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  • Joan Langevin Levack
    January 22, 2014 - 12:35

    how many times does one have to break probation before they stop giving you probation? just wondering.

  • Joan Langevin Levack
    January 22, 2014 - 12:15

    Five months hardly seems enough for that.