The Court Report: October 4 edition

by Keith Corcoran

Probation for mischief, assault. A Conquerall Mills man is on 21 months of probation following his admission to assault and property mischief. Adam Vanderzwaag, 33, was in a dispute with his girlfriend in June, which involved him throwing things while in a residence and swinging a vacuum cleaner. Vanderzwaag was sentenced September 25.

Conditional sentence on trio of charges. A Queens County man was handed a four month conditional sentence after he admitted to offences related to a pair of incidents. Brent Marshall Rafuse, 32, of Liverpool shined a laser light into a home in October 2016, disrupting people inside who had guests over and were having a meal. In June 2017, Rafuse possessed a samurai sword and used both hands to raise it in the presence of a police officer who'd responded to a report of a man seen yelling, swearing and swinging a sword outside. Court heard the officer took out his sidearm when he felt threatened and believed an attack was imminent. Rafuse, who was sentenced September 25 on charges of mischief, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and assaulting a police officer, will spend three months on house arrest with the remaining time subject to a nightly curfew. His sentence also includes a year of probation.

Trio of charges nets conditional discharge. A Lunenburg County woman will avoid a criminal record when she completes eight months of probation. Holly Anne Gladys Longpre, 41, of Bridgewater must also pay $977 in restitution in connection with her admission to a property mischief charge that saw damage to a neighbour's residence. Longpre assaulted a police officer and caused a disturbance during an incident in 2016 that saw her yelling and screaming about a dog and a cat, court heard. Longpre was sentenced September 25.

Over the limit. A 53 year old man was fined $1,300 and banned from driving a motor vehicle in Canada for a one year period after he accepted responsibility for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit. Richard Arnold Peterson registered two breathalyser readings in January of 140 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit for a fully licenced driver is 80. Peterson and a companion had been consuming alcohol in Liverpool and he was seen exiting the driver's side of a vehicle that had its engine running. Peterson, who never had a driver's licence, was in the vehicle long enough to start the engine that winter's night as the woman he was with sat in the passenger seat. Police found him as he was heading into an establishment to make a call about finding a place to stay overnight. Peterson was sentenced September 26.

Admits to assaulting girlfriend. A West Caledonia man is on probation for a year following his admission to assaulting his girlfriend. Joseph Gary Mailman, 29, shoved the woman during a dispute in June, resulting in her losing her balance and hitting her head. A crib was thrown during the disagreement, court heard. Mailman was also ordered to pay $600 in restitution when proof of certain circumstances are met. Mailman was sentenced September 26.

Breached undertaking. A 41 year old Liverpool man was placed on a 60 day conditional sentence for failing to abide by a court order. Roland Edward Reid breached his undertaking in August 2016 when he was in contact with a woman whom he was under conditions to avoid. Reid will spend 45 days on house arrest and the remaining time subject to a nightly curfew. He was sentenced September 26.

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