The Court Report: October 25 edition

by Keith Corcoran

Committed assault causing bodily harm.It's a five month conditional sentence for a Liverpool man convicted of assault causing bodily harm. Terry Richard Warrington, 44, will spend the first three months of the sentence on house arrest, while the remaining time he'll have to abide by a nightly curfew. Warrington will also be on probation for a year. Warrington and another man got into a physical dispute after exchanging words at a Liverpool intersection in May 2016 which resulted in the man sustaining a bite to his finger that went nearly to the bone, in addition to a concussion and torn ligaments. Warrington was ordered to provide a DNA sample to the national databank and is subject to a 10 year firearms prohibition. A provincial court judge in August determined after a trial that Warrington was the aggressor from start to finish in an unprovoked attack. Warrington was sentenced October 11.

Breached probation. A Bridgewater senior who breached a court order by sending his estranged wife Chinese food was fined $325 for failing to comply with his probation. Court heard that Phillip Albert Joudrey, 65, had an order of Chinese food delivered to his ex-wife an hour after he had the identical meal. The move was a violation of a no-contact provision in his probation order. Joudrey pleaded guilty to the charge October 11.

Over the limit. A number of drivers were sentenced October 11 to $1,300 fines and one year Canada-wide driving bans following admissions to operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit in seperate cases. Cory Nathan Merry, 31, of Harmony Mills registered breathalyser readings of 150 and 140 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood when he was reported to be driving erratically at one point this year in Queens County. The legal limit for a fully licenced driver is 80. Ross Frederick Robar, 69, of North River failed the breathyser in September; registering two readings of 90 after his vehicle was stopped when police were alerted to his driving behaviour. Jordan William Varner, 33, of Lunenburg had readings of 130 and 120 after his vehicle was pulled over in September when police clocked his automobile travelling over 120 km/h on Highway 103 in the Maitland area. Meanwhile, Bryan R. Newby, 35, was ordered to pay a $1,950 fine in addition to being subject to a one year Canada-wide driving prohibition after he accepted responsibility for registering breathalyser readings of 210 and 190, more than twice the legal limit. Police conducted a traffic stop at one point this year on the vehicle Newby was driving when it was determined to be travelling well below the posted speed limit.

Halse suspect elects supreme court. A Chester Basin man charged in connection with Operation Halse will test a drug charge at a preliminary hearing next March. Jeremy Richard Jollymore, 30, who's charged with one count of possessing cocaine for the purposes of trafficking, elected to have his trial heard in Nova Scotia Supreme Court by judge alone. Jollymore made the election October 10. Halse was a three-month police probe targeting drug dealers selling prescription pills and cocaine in Lunenburg County, which yielded 11 arrests and numerous charges. The arrests and charges were announced earlier this month.

Crown drops charges in unfounded home invasion case. A Chester man accused of carelessly using a 12-gauge shotgun and misleading police into investigating a break and enter that didn't happen has seen the allegations dropped against him. The Crown had the charges against Steven Selig dismissed October 11 after learning the 29 year old completed an adult restorative justice program. Lunenburg district RCMP were investigating a November 2016 case in Chester where "an unknown male tried unsuccessfully to force his way into the residence. As the male suspect was fleeing the scene on foot, the homeowner ran outside and discharged a firearm. No one was injured during the incident." Selig was charged when police concluded "the home invasion did not occur."

Breached undertaking. A Pleasantville woman will spend 30 days on house arrest for breaching a court order. Elizabeth Marie MacDonald, 41, was on an undertaking at one point this year to stay away from a Pleasantville property but police, responding to a call for service, found her at the home. MacDonald admitted October 11 to breaching her undertaking.

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