Curling club arsonist adds to criminal record

Carole Morris-Underhill
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The arsonist who torched the Windsor Curling Club in 2007 is back behind bars.

William Brian Farrow, 22, was sentenced to one year in jail Aug. 12, 2011 after pleading guilty to breach of probation, one count of theft of property and a second charge of possession of a stolen vehicle.

The Crown and Farrow’s defense lawyer Tim Peacock, of Wolfville, presented a joint recommendation to Judge Claudine MacDonald Aug. 12.

The Crown told the court that the RCMP received two calls on July 24, 2011 — one of a stolen 1995 GMC 4x4 truck, the other from McAdoo's Lawn Care and Excavating Ltd. involving a number of stolen work vehicles.

Police located the truck at the Atlantic Superstore parking lot and picked up two men, one of which was Farrow.

The reason for stealing the landscaping equipment, the court was informed, was that the men were going to set up their own business.

Farrow co-operated with the police investigation and all the items stolen were recovered.

This isn’t the first time Farrow has been in trouble with the law — the most noteworthy being his incarceration in 2007.

On Nov. 27, 2007, Farrow was sentenced to 28 months in a federal prison for recklessly causing damage by fire to the century-old curling club; two years federal prison for recklessly causing damage by fire to a nearby shed; and to four months for failing to comply with a court undertaking.

At the same time, Farrow was sentenced to four months in federal custody for assault.

The arson sentences were to be served concurrently, but consecutively with the assault and breach sentences, for a total of 32 months. He pleaded guilty to all the charges Oct. 30, 2007, and had been in remand since September of that year.

At Farrow’s Aug. 12, 2011 sentencing, Peacock told the court Farrow was remorseful and accepts responsibility for his most recent decisions. He said the 22-year-old has an eight month old child, and one on the way.

MacDonald accepted the recommendation, noting it was very reasonable. She urged Farrow to take a real look at his lifestyle and make some changes. Otherwise, he will find himself before the courts time and again.

“If you continue like this, then you're going to be spending a lot of time in jail,” she advised.

MacDonald sentenced Farrow to a total of one year in custody for the three charges he faced — one year for the theft, one year concurrent for a possession charge and six months for breach of probation.

 

— With files from the Kings County Advertiser

Organizations: Windsor Curling Club, RCMP, Lawn Care and Excavating

Geographic location: Wolfville, Kings

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