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Kings and West Hants Court Report, March 2

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

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

Conditional discharge for theft

Jeffrey Mark Loomis McQuade, 26, of Wolfville, has been handed a conditional discharge with probation, including restitution, for theft.

McQuade was originally charged with defrauding an individual of a sum of money exceeding $5,000 but pleaded guilty to the lesser, included offence of theft in December. The matter was adjourned for sentencing.

On Feb. 26, Judge Alan Tufts handed McQuade a conditional discharge with three years of probation, including $10,749.70 in restitution payable through the court.

McQuade committed the offence in Kings County between Nov. 25 and Dec. 15, 2015.

Refused breathalyser

Nicholas Jonathan Caldwell, 28, of Wolfville, has been sentenced to intermittent custody for failing to comply with a demand made to him by a police officer to provide samples of his breath for analysis by means of an approved screening device.

Caldwell changed his plea to guilty in October. The court imposed a two-year driving prohibition against Caldwell. The matter was adjourned to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing.

On Feb. 28, Judge Alan Tufts sentenced Caldwell to 30 days of intermittent custody, to be served from Fridays at 9 p.m. to Monday at 5:30 a.m. beginning March 9. Caldwell will be on probation during his intermittent custody and for 12 months thereafter. Caldwell was fined $100 in victim surcharges.

Caldwell committed the offence in Greenwich on Aug. 16, 2016. A charge of operating a motor vehicle while disqualified in Avonport on Dec. 28, 2017, has been adjourned to March 27 for plea. This charge has not been proven in court.

Breathalyser offence

Gary Ian Patterson, 34, of Falmouth, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation for operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Patterson changed his plea to guilty in January and the matter was adjourned to Feb. 26 to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing.

Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed Patterson a suspended sentence with 18 months of probation and imposed a two-year driving prohibition against him.

Patterson committed the offence on the Falmouth Back Road on July 21, 2017. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Patterson gave breathalyser readings of 230 and 220.

Breathalyser offence

Shane Breen, 21, of Moncton, has been fined for operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Breen changed his plea to guilty on Feb. 27. Judge Alan Tufts fined Breen a total of $1,560 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against him.

Breen committed the offence in New Minas on Dec. 3, 2016. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Breen gave breathalyser readings of 140 and 140.

Charges of operating a motor vehicle while his ability to operate was impaired by alcohol or a drug and possession of stolen property were dismissed.

Breathalyser offence

Ross Keith Skinner, 69, of Enterprise, Ontario, has been fined for operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Skinner pleaded guilty to the charge on Feb. 27. Judge Alan Tufts fined him a total of $1,300 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against him.

Skinner committed the offence in Cambridge on Dec. 23, 2017. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Skinner gave breathalyser readings of 140 and 140.

Suspended sentence for assault

Robert Joseph M. Crow, 39, of Newport, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation for committing an assault.

Crow changed his plea to guilty in January and the matter was adjourned to Feb. 27 to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed Crow a suspended sentence with 12 months of probation.

Crow committed the offence in Newport on June 18, 2017. A charge of uttering a death threat was withdrawn.

Firearm offences

Todd Jason Johnson, 41, of Dartmouth, has been fined for failing to store firearms in accordance with regulations, possessing a CIL 12-gauge shotgun without holding the necessary licence and possessing a Savage 17 caliber rifle without holding the necessary licence.

Johnson pleaded guilty to the charges on Feb. 27. Judge Alan Tufts fined Johnson $130 on each count, for a total of $390 in fines. The court imposed a 10-year firearm prohibition against Johnson and granted a forfeiture order with consent.

Johnson committed the offences in Kingston on Feb. 2.

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