The Court Report: December 6 edition

by Keith Corcoran

Youth handed probation for joyriding. A 17 year old boy is on probation for 18 months after he admitted to taking a Toyota Matrix without consent of the owner. The youth, who cannot be named because of his age, was behind the wheel of a vehicle that avoided a police checkpoint in Bridgewater in June. The vehicle made a sudden right turn into a driveway, went into reverse, and proceeded in the opposite direction. It was around 10 p.m. when police pursued the vehicle, which didn't have its headlights or taillights on at the time, into the business park. A traffic stop took place on Logan Road. The boy told police he didn't know who the registered owner of the vehicle was, stating a friend loaned him the car to get to Halifax and "it shouldn't be" stolen. Authorities contacted the car's owner - a Bridgewater woman - who didn't realize at the time her vehicle was missing until she looked out her window. The boy also admitted to breaching a court order in August. He was sentenced on the charges November 15.

'Bad weekend' results in conditional sentence. A Bridgewater man who struggles with alcohol addiction was handed a 90-day conditional sentence after he accepted responsibility for six counts of breaching his probation. Peter Alan Matyas, 66, will spend the first 45 days of his sentence on house arrest with the remainder adhering to a nightly curfew. He'll also be on probation for a year. Court heard that Matyas was intoxicated on multiple occasions in Bridgewater during the first weekend in September. A couple of times he was reported to be banging on the same woman's door and another time he was in-and-out of consciousness while being treated by paramedics at a town hotel. Matyas' lawyer Michael Power noted his client's ongoing issues with alcohol, referring to the circumstances as a "bad weekend."

Shoplifted and breached probation. A Bridgewater man is on house arrest for 30 days as part of the conditional sentence imposed concerning charges of theft and breaching probation. Casey Elias Oickle, 24, was seen concealing items - total value of $214 - from a Bridgewater grocery store and leaving the supermarket without attempting to pay. He was on a court order at the time, which contained a clause that he keep the peace and be of good behaviour. Oickle was also sentenced to a year of probation.

Over the limit. A Robinsons Corner man can't drive in Canada for a year and must pay $1,300 in fines after he admitted to operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit. Ronald John Shears, 70, registered breathalyser readings of 150 and 130 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood after the vehicle he was driving in August 2015 encountered a police checkpoint. The legal limit for a fully licenced driver is 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. Patrick Cyril Duffney, 58, of Hebbville registered two breathalyser readings of 120 after police conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle he was driving in October in Dayspring. He was fined $1,300 and prohibited from driving in Canada for a one-year period. Jacob Jeffrey Hackett, 24, of Martins Brook was also fined $1,300 and banned for one year from driving in Canada after he registered two breath readings of 100. The vehicle he was driving at the time left the road in the East Chester area in September. Beer cans and an open beer were seen inside the vehicle.

Breached probation. A 46 year old man was handed a 15-day conditional sentence and placed on six months of probation following his admission for failing to comply with a previous probation order. Jonathan Harold Adams committed the offence when he had prohibited contact in February at a hockey rink with a woman from whom he was on conditions to remain away. Adams will serve the 15 day sentence on house arrest.

A Chester Basin man will serve four months in jail and spend two years on probation after admitting to refusing to provide a breath sample. Gregory David Hartlen, 54, declined the breathalyser in September 2014 after police conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle he was driving, believing the auto was trying to avoid a checkpoint. Hartlen, already in custody on unrelated matters, is also prohibited from driving in Canada for a a three year period. The incident occurred on Highway 12 in the Chester Basin area.

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