Kings County court report: June 24

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Custody for various offences

John Alexander VanOostrum, 41, Grafton, has been sentenced to time in custody and probation for operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, driving while disqualified and failing to comply with his undertaking.

VanOostrum was present, in custody, in Kentville provincial court June 19 and pleaded guilty to the charges. Judge Claudine MacDonald sentenced VanOostrum to 45 days in custody and imposed a two-year driving prohibition against him. VanOostrum was also sentenced to six months of probation.

VanOostrum committed the offences in Aylesford June 12. His breathalyser readings were not available in court documents.

An additional charge of breaking and entering a house with the intent to commit an indictable offence in Aylesford on June 12 has been adjourned to June 30 for a show cause hearing and plea.

VanOostrum is also charged with committing an assault in Aylesford May 24. He pleaded not guilty to the charge June 19. This matter has been adjourned to June 30 for trial.

Breathalyser offence

Dale Allen Keating, 56, Somerset, has been fined for operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Keating pleaded guilty to the charge June 17 and MacDonald fined him a $3,250 and imposed a two-year driving prohibition order.

Keating committed the offence in Berwick on Dec. 21, 2013. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood; Keating gave breathalyser readings of 180.

Conditional sentence, probation for drug trafficking

Christopher George Sawler, 38, Kingston, has been handed a conditional sentence with daily curfew and probation for trafficking marijuana.

Sawler changed his plea to guilty Feb. 26 and the matter was adjourned to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing. June 19, MacDonald issued a six-month conditional sentence order with daily curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the entirety, followed by 12 months of probation. The court imposed a 10-year, six-month firearm prohibition order against Sawler.

Sawler committed the offence in Kingston May 11, 2013.

Suspended sentences, probation for stealing property

Matthew Paul Thorpe, 39, and Marvin Thorpe, 45, both of Medford, have been handed suspended sentences with probation for stealing property valued at less than $5,000.

Both men changed their pleas to guilty June 19. MacDonald issued each a suspended sentence with six months of probation and ordered them to pay $317.80 in restitution to the victim.

They committed the offence in Medford June 12, 2013.

Fine, probation for assault, mischief

James Sherwood, 29, New Minas, has been fined and sentenced to probation for assaulting an individual and committing mischief by willfully damaging a house to a value not exceeding $5,000.

Sherwood pleaded guilty to the charges June 16 and the matters were adjourned to June 19 for sentencing. MacDonald fined Sherwood of $130 and sentenced him to 15 months of probation.

Sherwood committed the offences in New Minas April 6.

Suspended sentence, probation for assault, undertaking offences

Seann Paul Latter, 27, Waterville, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation for assaulting an individual and two counts of failing to comply with his undertaking.

Latter pleaded guilty to the charges June 19. MacDonald handed him a suspended sentence with 12 months of probation on the three charges. He was also fined a $100 victim surcharge.

Latter committed the offences in Kentville Aug. 10, 2013, and in Middle Sackville between Aug. 16 and Sept. 25, 2013, and May 28, 2014.

Time deemed served, probation for stealing gas

Paul Eldon Lake, 53, Bridgetown, has been sentenced to time deemed served and probation for stealing gasoline.

Lake changed his plea to guilty May 20. The matter was adjourned to June 19 to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing. MacDonald sentenced Lake to one day in custody deemed served by his appearance in court and six months of probation. This includes restitution of $74.07 to the Lequille Country Store.

Lake committed the offence in Lequille Feb. 13, 2013.

Organizations: Lequille Country Store

Geographic location: Aylesford, Kentville, Kings Kingston Somerset Medford Berwick New Minas Middle Sackville

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