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Kings and West Hants Court Report - Feb. 1

The Kentville law courts. - File
The Kentville law courts. - File

This is the latest court report for Kings and West Hants counties.

Conditional sentence for steroid smuggling

Robert Jason Volans, 44, of Kentville, has been handed a conditional sentence with daily curfew and fined for smuggling or attempting to smuggle anabolic steroids into Canada, contrary to the Customs Act.

Volans changed his plea to guilty on Jan. 31. Judge Alan Tufts handed Volans a six-month conditional sentence order with daily curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and 25 hours of community service work. Volans was fined a total of $1,950.

Volans committed the offence in Kentville between Dec. 1, 2015, and Feb. 29, 2016. A charge of importing anabolic steroids into Canada without authorization, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, was dismissed on Jan. 31.

A co-accused, Michael Brian Mahaney, 50, of North Kentville, was sentenced on both charges after entering guilty pleas on Dec. 20, 2016.

Intermittent custody

Codey Jerome Ernst, 25, of South Alton, has been sentenced to intermittent custody for stealing property from Walmart - two PS4 games and makeup - and two counts of failing to attend court in accordance with a promise to appear.

Ernst pleaded guilty to the charges on Jan. 30. Judge Alan Tufts sentenced Ernst to 90 days of intermittent custody, to be served from Fridays at 9 p.m. to Mondays at 9 a.m. beginning Feb. 2 and continuing until the sentence is served.

Ernst committed the offences in New Minas on Aug. 23, 2017, and in Kentville on May 9 and Oct. 24, 2017.

A co-accused on the charge of stealing property from Walmart, Holly Dawn Maillet, 23, of South Alton, has had her matter referred to the restorative justice program. She is due to return to court in May for a status report.

Suspended sentence with probation

Scott Samuel Cowell, 34, of Waterville, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation for failing to comply with probation and stealing property, an energy drink, from Jo-Ann’s Convenience.

Cowell pleaded guilty to the charges on Jan. 30. Judge Alan Tufts handed Cowell a suspended sentence with eight months or reporting probation on each charge, to be served concurrently.

Cowell committed the offences in Cambridge on Nov. 14, 2017. A charge of committing mischief was withdrawn on Jan. 30.

Failed to comply with recognizance

Greg Austin Chapman, 18, of Dartmouth, has been handed a conditional discharge with probation for failing to comply with his recognizance by not complying with daily curfew.

Chapman pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 30. Judge Alan Tufts handed Chapman a conditional discharge with six months of probation, including a $50 charitable donation to the Kings County SPCA.

Chapman committed the offence in New Minas on Aug. 27, 2017.

Failed to comply with recognizance

Randy Wood, 51, of Meaghers Grant, has been fined for failing to comply with his recognizance by communicating indirectly through Facebook with an individual who he was to have no contact or communication with.

Wood pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 30. Judge Alan Tufts fined Wood a total of $104.

Wood committed the offence in Hants Border on April 19, 2017.

Failed to comply with undertaking

Taylor Wayne Ross Hunt, 24, of Kentville, has been fined for failing to comply with his undertaking.

Hunt pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 30. Judge Alan Tufts fined Hunt a total of $130.

Hunt committed the offence in Kentville on Dec. 6, 2017.

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