The Court Report: September 13 edition

by Keith Corcoran

Jail, probation on numerous charges. A 36 year old man will spend 45 more days in jail on charges originating from the Bridgewater area and outside the province. Brian Joseph Dobbin is subject to a year of probation following his tenure in custody on charges of breaching an undertaking, failing to show up for court, property mischief, assault and drug possession. Dobbin left Alberta and was in contact with an individual while subject to a court-ordered no-contact clause and a provision to not leave the province. During an incident in the wild rose province, he broke the front glass of a microwave oven and threw a garbage can at an individual when he was reported to be out of control, court heard. A search incidental to his arrest yielded the discovery of marijuana in his pocket. Dobbin, who has diagnosed mental health challenges, had been remanded in custody for about two months prior to his September 5 sentencing in Bridgewater.

Conditional discharge on assault offence. A 22 year old Lunenburg County woman avoids a criminal record when she completes a year of supervised release. Karley Jean Stevens of Martins Point admitted to assaulting another person in October 2016 on Big Tancook Island. She and the victim began a fight at a time when a Halloween party was on the go at the local recreation centre, court heard. Stevens punched the person in the face and administered a couple of kicks to the head. Stevens was placed on a year of probation during September 5 court proceedings in Bridgewater.

Six-month conditional sentence on trio of charges. A 25 year old man will be on house arrest for a four month period as part of a six month conditional sentence on charges of fraud, breaching probation and failing to attend court. Nicholas Kelly Chase struggled with past drug use and it contributed to his decision to fraudulently deposit a $200 cheque in 2012 that belonged to someone who'd hired him for landscaping work in 2012, court heard. Chase, who will also be subject to a nightly curfew for a two months, also breached his probation by failing to adhere to a reporting clause. He also didn't attend court when required. Chase, also ordered to pay $200 in restitution and make a charitable donation in the same amount, was sentenced September 6.

Fine, conditional sentence on two offences. Admissions to impaired driving and breaching probation resulted in a fine, a one year Canada-wide driving prohibition and a three month conditional sentence. Jason Darrell Dorey, 33, admitted to "drinking" after police conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle in May in the Chester area, court heard. The vehicle Dorey was driving was seen swerving on the road before being pulled over. Dorey displayed signs of impairment during his interaction with the police. It was also determined Dorey failed to adhere to a reporting clause in his probation order on more than one occasion. He was fined $1,300 and banned from driving in Canada for a one year period. He was also placed on a three month conditional sentence with the provision that he adhere to a nightly curfew. He was sentenced on the two charges September 6 .

Over the limit. A Lunenburg County man failed the breathalyzer and breached his undertaking this summer. Adam Vanderzwaag registered breathalyser reading of 120 and 110 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood after his vehicle was seen nearly swerving into a ditch. The legal limit for a fully-licences driver is 80. The vehicle Vanderzwaag was driving was pulled over by police in the Lunenburg area in July. At the time, the 33 year old was subject to an undertaking not to consume alcohol. Vanderzwaag must pay a total of $1,600 in fines and is prohibited from driving in Canada for one year. He was sentenced September 6.

Fines for impaired driving, mischief offences. A 30 year old man admitted to offences of impaired driving and property mischief that occurred in April. Christopher Slaunwhite showed signs of alcohol impairment after Mounties conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle he was driving in the Chester Basin area. While lodged in cells, he removed his shirt and attempted to cover a surveillance camera with it and also began spitting. Slaunwhite was fined a total of $1,690 and prohibited from driving in Canada for one year. He was sentenced September 6.

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