Bramber weir vandals issue public apology

Ashley Thompson
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Darren Porter is prepared to forgive the men who vandalized his fishing weir in Bramber.

Apology accepted.

When Darren Porter discovered the identity of the two young men who vandalized his fishing weir in Bramber, he decided to teach them a lesson – in his own way.

Rather than jumping to press mischief charges, Porter decided to give the culprits the opportunity to make amends before he turned to the RCMP.

He asked for a public apology for the damage done on June 21. More specifically, Porter asked the men to pen a signed letter to the editor that would be published in the Hants Journal.

Porter, of Upper Burlington, said he’d forgive the men for slicing up a $1,500 fishing net, causing him to miss out on an estimated $2,000 worth of fish, if they followed his instructions.

The way Porter sees it, he left the men with a difficult choice to make, and they chose wisely.

Matt Davidson and Corey Faulkenham, both of Wolfville, submitted their public apology for the July 10 edition of the Hants Journal.

“We would like to apologize to Darren Porter, his workers and the community of the Hants Shore for cutting his net,” the letter reads. “It was a regrettable mistake that we wish we could take back. We truly weren't thinking at the time, and he can be assured nothing like this will ever happen again.”

The letter is perfection in Porter’s eyes. There was no blame shifting – no ifs, ands or buts. It was exactly what he wanted, a sincere apology for all to see.

“They will forever be remembered for their crime. If they just took the fine likely no one would remember their names,” Porter said.

Porter said he’d accept if the men offered to help pay for the damaged net but, as far as he’s concerned, they are forgiven. He just hopes they end up becoming better men as a result of this experience.

“If you don’t forgive, you’re the one that loses,” he said.

Organizations: Hants Journal, RCMP

Geographic location: Bramber, Upper Burlington, Wolfville

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  • Leah
    July 10, 2014 - 13:59

    Darren Porter, you are the picture of what turn the other cheek truly means. I truly hope this never happens to you again. I would hope that this is the last time we see those names in the news in relation to a criminal act. But, I'm sure at least one if those names looks familiar in print. I could be wrong and perhaps it's just a coincidence.

    • Darren porter
      July 10, 2014 - 21:03

      I'm sorry you feel that way, and it may look like I let them go, but I have it lots of tvought, there was over a 100 locals fallowing them , I eventually tracked them down hiding in the gasoereau river, I spent 14 minutes with them, got a full confession, on more them just what they did to my property, this was handed to the RCMP, I am not a judge. They can still be charged if the RCMP wAbted to. For many things, none of witch I have a choice in. Except mischief posibly. They where operating a boat under the influence, I got that on tape, they avaded the RCMP that's a charge, distrution of property is a charge not in my control to charge them. To me mischief was a joke charge. So way way of handling this at keast got their names in the front page of the paper. And many people watching for their names to hit the paper. And now they will be remembered. If I had of done what most would of , no one would have even none this happened. And yes you are right at least one of these men's name is none for things.