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Kings and West Hants Court Report, June 7, 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

Christopher Douglas Benjamin, 46, of Windsor, has been sentenced to intermittent custody for assault, failing to comply with his undertaking, three counts of failing to comply with his recognizance and possessing a prohibited weapon – a spring activated switchblade knife – without being the holder of a licence.

Benjamin pleaded guilty to the charges on June 4. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek sentenced Benjamin to 45 days of intermittent custody. He was given a credit of nine days for six days he spent remanded in custody, leaving 36 days left to serve.

Benjamin will serve the intermittent sentence from Fridays at 8 p.m. to Sundays at 6 a.m. beginning June 7. Benjamin was also sentenced to 12 months of probation. Benjamin committed the offences in Wolfville on Nov. 18, 2018, and in Windsor on April 4 and May 30, 2019.

Benjamin changed his plea to guilty to a charge of assault on Feb. 7. The matter was adjourned to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing. On June 4, Benjamin was handed a suspended sentence with 12 months of reporting probation. Benjamin was ordered to pay $400 in restitution to the victim. Benjamin committed the offence in Wolfville on Aug. 23, 2018.

Benjamin pleaded guilty to another count of failing to comply with his recognizance on June 4 and was fined $500. He committed this offence in Kentville on Feb. 26.

He also pleaded guilty on June 4 to another count of failing to comply with his undertaking. He was fined a total of $300.

Two more counts of assault and two more counts of failing to comply with his recognizance were withdrawn on June 4.

Suspended sentence for assault

Nathan Matthew Atwood, 30, of Somerset, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation for committing an assault.

Atwood was originally charged with assault causing bodily harm but pleaded guilty to the lesser, included offence of assault on May 8. The matter was adjourned to June 6 for sentencing.

Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed Atwood a suspended sentence with 12 months of reporting probation.

Atwood committed the offence in South Berwick on June 27, 2017. Charges of pointing a firearm at an individual, uttering a death threat, using a weapon in committing an assault, another count of assault and choking an individual with the intent to enable himself to commit the indictable offence of assault were dismissed on June 6 with the Crown offering no evidence.

Refused demand

Crystal Lynn Butt, 45, of Lakeville, has been fined for failing or refusing to comply with a demand made to her by a police officer to provide samples for analysis to determine the concentration, if any, of alcohol or drugs in her blood.

Butt pleaded guilty to the charge on June 4. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek fined Butt a total of $1,000 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against her.

Butt committed the offence in Lakeville on March 21. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood.

A charge of operating a conveyance while her ability to do so was impaired to any degree by alcohol or a drug or both was withdrawn on June 4.

Caused disturbance

Devin Benjamin Pinch, 30, of New Minas, has been fined for causing a disturbance.

Pinch was originally charged with assault but pleaded guilty to the lesser, included offence of causing a disturbance on June 5. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek fined Pinch $300.

Pinch committed the offence in New Minas on Jan. 16. A charge of failing to comply with his undertaking was dismissed on June 5 with the Crown offering no evidence.

Stole DVD’s

Steven Anthony Keating, 26, of New Minas, has been sentenced to probation and fined for stealing DVD’s from Walmart.

Keating pleaded guilty to the charge on June 5. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek sentenced Keating to 12 months of probation and fined him $100.

Keating committed the offence in New Minas on Feb. 16.

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