2017-07-12

The court report



Probation for property mischief. A 33 year old man from Bridgewater is on probation for a year following his admission to committing property mischief. Matthew Paul Rafuse used an axe to strike a patio table and the side of a house in November 2016, court heard. Rafuse did the deed when a dispute with his common law spouse over money escalated. Rafuse pleaded guilty to the charge June 29 in Bridgewater.

Probation for assault. Threatening to kill his spouse has resulted in a term of supervised release for a Bridgewater man. Ronald Alfred Guitare, 59, committed the offence in August 2016 and admitted to the charge of uttering threats on June 29. Guitare will be on probation for a year.

House arrest for driving while prohibited. A 45 year old Middle Cornwall man will serve six months of house arrest for driving while prohibited. David Roland Corkum was given the conditional sentence on July 4 having plead guilty to the charge on April 5. The Crown sought a 90 day jail sentence. Corkum committed the offence on July 18, 2016, after an RCMP officer responded to a complaint of a possible impaired driver at the Mahone Bay pharmacy. Corkum's licence had been revoked on February 26, 2014, and was still revoked at the time he was spotted driving. Corkum's sister Elaine testified at his sentencing hearing and said Corkum helps her with repair work and other things she cannot do herself. Corkum also testified saying he has suffered from depression and fractured vertebrae, but now has a full-time job doing labour work and was getting his life around. Corkum will only be permitted to travel for work and medical appointments. He will also be subject to a five-year driving prohibition.

Over the limit. A Blue Rocks area man was fined $1,950 and prohibited from driving in Canada for one year after he admitted to operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit. Michael Todd McNeil, 63, was behind the wheel of a vehicle that police subjected to a traffic stop in May 2016. Authorities detected McNeil had a odour of alcohol on his breath and noticed he exhibited other signs of impairment. He subsequently registered breathalyser readings of 210 and 200 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80 for a fully-licenced driver. McNeil was sentenced July 4 in Bridgewater.

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