The Court Report: September 20 edition

by Keith Corcoran

Assault leads to house arrest. A New Germany woman will spend 60 days on house arrest following her recent admission to assault. Kelsey Ann Eisnor, 47, of New Germany was handed a conditional sentence on September 7. The incident occurred Christmas Day in New Germany. Eisnor will also be on probation for a year.

Registered readings twice legal limit. Two men were each fined $1,560 and prohibited from driving in Canada for one years after each admitted to operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit in separate incidents. Elvis Donald Webber, 38, of Bridgewater was erratically driving the vehicle he was in, in July, prompting police to conduct a traffic stop. Law enforcement detected an odour of alcohol and noticed beer cans inside the vehicle, court heard. Webber registered breathalyser readings of 180 and 190 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit for a fully licensed driver is 80. Meanwhile, a vehicle driven by Mark N. Saunders, 48, was also seen driving erratically in the Chester area in August. Saunders' breathalyser readings were 190 and 170 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. Both men were sentenced September 13.

Admits to firearms charge. A Bridgewater man saw the Crown drop drug charges against him, but will have to pay a fine in relation to a firearms offence. Michael David George, 43, of Bridgewater admitted to possessing a firearm without a valid licence at the time police searched his residence in February 2015. George will have to pay $520 in fines and is subject to a five year firearms prohibition. The fines will be paid from cash seized at the time of the search. The gun in question will be turned over to a family member. George was sentenced September 13.

Assaulted spouse. A New Canada man assaulted his spouse during an alcohol-fuelled dispute in August. Darrell Frederick Manuel, 43, was granted a conditional discharge, meaning he avoids a criminal record when he completes nine months of probation. Manuel and his spouse had been drinking and revisited an earlier argument when he pushed the woman down and kicked her, court heard. Manuel was sentenced September 13.

Conditional sentence for driving while prohibited. An Upper Northfield man avoided conventional jail but will still spend nine months on house arrest following his admission to two counts of driving while disqualified and failing to show up for court. Jonathan Nelson James Tanner, 41, was granted a one year conditional sentence, which includes house arrest and three months under a nightly curfew. Tanner's also banned from driving in Canada for a five year period. The Crown was seeking a three month jail sentence, underlining Tanner's "terrible" driving record, but Judge Cathy Benton opted to go with defence counsel's recommendation. Tanner was subject to a five year driving prohibition when police encountered the vehicle he was driving at a Mahone Bay area checkpoint in December 2016 and during a traffic stop in March. Tanner was a no-show for a scheduled court appearance in February.

Youth gets four months supervised release. A Lunenburg County girl will spend two months on house arrest and two months under a nightly curfew as part of a four month sentence of supervised release. The 17 year old, who cannot be named because of her age, committed offences during incidents in 2016 and this year. The most serious was a 2016 break-in into a Bridgewater residence that resulted in pills, laptops and tobacco going missing. The girl and a co-accused were involved, Crown prosecutor Josh Bryson told court. The laptops were recovered. The other matters involved assaults on two males and breaching court ordered conditions. Court heard that Bridgewater's mayor, David Mitchell, captured cell phone video footage of the girl last year causing a disturbance by kicking and punching a male. The girl's lawyer, Shawnee Gregory, said her client had a "very terrible year" and looks forward to moving on. The girl, who was sentenced September 13, will also be on probation for a year.

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