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Kings and West Hants Court Report, Feb. 16

The Kentville law courts. - File
The Kentville law courts. - File

This is the latest court report for Kings and West Hants counties.

Conditional sentence for multiple offences

Tyler Janz Fairrae, 22, of Wolfville, has been handed a conditional sentence with daily curfew on eight charges.

The charges include willfully attempting to obstruct, pervert or defeat the course of justice in a judicial proceeding by telling an individual by telephone to recant her statement given to police; two counts of uttering a threat to damage an individual’s automobile, stealing a debit card, two counts of defrauding an individual of a sum of money not exceeding $5,000, failing to comply with his recognizance by having a cell phone and failing to comply with his recognizance by texting, messaging on Facebook and messaging on Snapchat an individual he was ordered to have no contact with.

Fairrae pleaded guilty or changed his pleas to guilty on seven of the charges on Nov. 21, 2017. The matters were adjourned to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing. Fairrae pleaded guilty to the eighth charge on Dec. 13, 2017.

On Feb. 14, Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek sentenced Fairrae on the eight counts. Fairrae was handed a 15-month conditional sentence order with daily curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the first six months, followed by daily curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the remaining nine months.

Fairrae committed the offences in Crowes Mills on Oct. 17, 2016; and in Wolfville between Jan. 6 and May 12, 2017, on Feb. 14, 2017, on Feb. 15, 2017, between May 19 and June 2, 2017, and between June 6 and Sept. 20, 2017.

Several other charges, including two counts of failing to comply with his recognizance, assault, using a weapon – a broom stick – in committing an assault, two counts of uttering threats to cause bodily harm, possessing a stolen debit card, unlawful confinement, fraud, four counts of failing to comply with probation and criminal harassment were dismissed or withdrawn on Feb. 14.

Conditional discharge for assault causing bodily harm

Sarah Evelyn Laprade, 27, of MacKay Section, has been handed a conditional discharge with probation for committing an assault causing bodily harm.

Laprade pleaded guilty to the charge in November and the matter was adjourned to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing.

On Feb. 15, Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed Laprade a conditional discharge with 18 months of probation and fined her $100 in victim surcharges.

Laprade committed the offence in Kentville on April 22, 2017. A charge of uttering a threat to cause bodily harm or death was dismissed on Feb. 15.

Conditional discharge for assault, resisting arrest

Craig Cordeau, 39, of Kingston, has been handed a conditional discharge with probation for committing an assault and resisting two RCMP constables engaged in the execution of their duty arresting Cordeau by fighting.

Cordeau pleaded guilty to the assault charge on Dec. 8, 2017. The matter was adjourned to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared. On Jan. 8, Cordeau changed his plea to guilty on the resisting arrest charge. The matters were adjourned to Feb. 12 for sentencing.

On Feb. 12, Judge Alan Tufts handed Cordeau a conditional discharge with one year of probation on the two charges. On the resisting arrest charge, Cordeau was also ordered to either complete 10 hours of community service work or make a $150 charitable donation.

Cordeau committed the offences in Falmouth on Nov. 12, 2017. Another count of assault was dismissed on Feb. 12.

Conditional discharge for assault

Logan Freeman, 21, of Kingston, has been handed a conditional discharge with probation for committing an assault.

Freeman changed his plea to guilty on Dec. 7 and the matter was adjourned to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing. On Feb. 12, Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed Freeman a conditional discharge with 12 months of probation, including a $500 charitable donation payable through the court to the Canadian Cancer Society for the purpose of cancer research. Freeman was also fined $100 in victim surcharges.

Freeman committed the offence in Aylesford on May 6, 2017.

Conditional discharge for assault

Gabrielle Peach, 20, of Greenwood, has been handed a conditional discharge with probation for committing an assault.

Peach pleaded guilty to the charge on Feb. 15. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed Peach a conditional discharge with six months of probation.

Peach committed the offence in Greenwood on Dec. 25, 2017.

Breathalyser offence

Paul Archibald Benjamin, 55, of Sheffield Mills, has been fined for operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Benjamin pleaded guilty to the charge on Feb. 13. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek fined Benjamin a total of $1,560 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against him.

Benjamin committed the offence in Sheffield Mills on Dec. 2, 2017. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Benjamin gave breathalyser readings of 140 and 140.

Breathalyser offence

Jason Thomas Nowe, 30, of Lakeville, has been fined for operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Nowe pleaded guilty to the charge on Feb. 13. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek fined Nowe a total of $1,430 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against him.

Nowe committed the offence in Steam Mill on Dec. 16, 2017. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Nowe gave breathalyser readings of 110 and 100.

Conditional discharge for causing disturbance

Michael Jody James Paul, 20, of Windsor, has been handed a conditional discharge with probation for causing a disturbance at the Windsor Public Library by shouting and swearing.

Paul changed his plea to guilty on Feb. 13. Judge Alan Tufts handed Paul a conditional discharge with nine months of probation, including either 15 hours of community service work or a $150 charitable donation. Paul was fined $100 in victim surcharges.

Paul committed the offence in Windsor on Oct. 20, 2017.

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