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Kings and West Hants Court Report, April 26, 2019

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

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

Intermittent custody

Patrick Neil Banks, 50, of Canning, has been sentenced to intermittent custody for operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Banks pleaded guilty to the charge on Feb. 12. The matter was adjourned to April 18 to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing.

Judge Christopher Manning sentenced Banks to 30 days of intermittent custody, to be served from Fridays at 9 p.m. to Sundays at 8 a.m. beginning April 26 and continuing every weekend until the sentence is served. Banks was also sentenced to 12 months of probation and the court imposed a three-year driving prohibition against him.

Banks committed the offence in Billtown on Aug. 26, 2018. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Banks’ blood alcohol readings were not available.

Breathalyser offence

Brett James Curtis, 32, of Auburn, has been fined for having a blood alcohol concentration that was equal to or exceeded the legal limit within two hours after ceasing to operate a conveyance.

Curtis pleaded guilty to the charge on April 23. Judge Christopher Manning fined Curtis a total of $2,000 and imposed a one year driving prohibition against him.

Curtis committed the offence in New Minas on March 16. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Curtis gave breathalyser readings of 300 and 300.

A charge of operating a conveyance while his ability to do so was impaired to any degree by alcohol or a drug or both was withdrawn on April 23.

Breathalyser offence

Jody Paul Ward, 51, of Blomidon, has been fined for operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Ward pleaded guilty to the charge on April 24. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek fined Ward a total of $2,000 and sentenced him to one year of probation. The court imposed a two-year driving prohibition against him.

Ward committed the offence in North Kentville on Jan. 14, 2018. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Ward gave breathalyser readings of 140 and 130.

Impaired operation

Cody Derek Meisner, 31, of Port Williams, has been fined for operating a conveyance while his ability to do so was impaired to any degree by alcohol.

Meisner pleaded guilty to the charge on April 25. Judge Christopher Manning fined Meisner a total of $1,500 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against him.

Meisner committed the offence in New Minas on Jan. 29. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Meisner gave breathalyser readings of 150 and 160.

A charge of having a blood alcohol concentration equal to or exceeding the legal limit within two hours after ceasing to operate a conveyance was withdrawn on April 25.

Possession for purpose of trafficking

John Leroy Jones, 49, of Aylesford, has been handed a conditional sentence order for possessing cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.

Jones changed his plea to guilty on April 24. Judge Christopher Manning handed Jones a six-month conditional sentence order with daily curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the entire time. The court granted a forfeiture order for offence-related property and imposed a lifetime firearm prohibition, with an exception for employment purposes, against Jones.

Jones committed the offence in Aylesford on Oct. 6, 2017. A charge of unlawfully producing cannabis was dismissed on April 24.

Possessed stolen property

Devin Benjamin Pinch, 30, of Forest Hill, has been handed a conditional discharge with probation for possessing stolen property of a value not exceeding $5,000.

Pinch changed his plea to guilty on April 15 and the matter was adjourned to April 24 for sentencing. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed Pinch a conditional discharge with one year of probation, including $400 in restitution to the victim.

Pinch committed the offence in Kentville on Aug. 21, 2018. A charge of break and enter into a residence with intent to commit an indictable offence therein was dismissed on April 24 with the Crown offering no evidence.

Conditional discharge for mischief

Benjamin Donald Edmunds, 36, of Greenwich, has been handed a conditional discharge with probation for committing mischief by willfully damaging a wall and door to a value not exceeding $5,000.

Edmunds pleaded guilty to the charge on Feb. 12. The matter was adjourned to April 18 to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing. Judge Christopher Manning handed Edmunds a conditional discharge with one year of probation, including $110.06 in restitution payable to the victim.

Edmunds committed the offence in New Minas on Oct. 26, 2018.

Suspended sentence

Selena Nicole Hartling, 22, of Kentville, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation for failing to comply with her undertaking, committing mischief by destroying or damaging property of the Kentville Police Service to a value not exceeding $5,000 and failing to comply with her recognizance.

Hartling pleaded guilty to the charges on April 24. Judge Christopher Manning handed Hartling a suspended sentence with 12 months of probation on the three charges.

Hartling committed the offences in Kentville on March 2 and April 18.

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