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Kings and West Hants Court Report, March 7

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

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

Federal sentence for various offences

Robert Leslie Lerette, 43, of no fixed address, has been sentenced to federal time for various offences, including using a weapon in committing an assault; failing to attend court in accordance with an appearance notice in which he had been named, stealing a bottle of Crown Royal whiskey from the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit, possessing cocaine, possessing a stolen 1995 Chevrolet valued at less than $5,000 and two counts of break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Lerette was present in Windsor provincial court in custody on Feb. 19, when he pleaded guilty or changed his pleas to guilty to seven of the eight charges. He pleaded guilty to the eighth charge, possessing cocaine, prior to his sentencing on March 5.

Judge Claudine MacDonald granted Lerette a 50-day credit for time spent remanded in custody in relation to the assault with a weapon charge. Going forward, Lerette was sentenced to a total of 34 months and nine days in custody on the eight charges.

The court granted a DNA order in relation to the assault with a weapon charge and imposed a four-year driving prohibition in relation to the impaired driving charge.

Respectively, Lerette committed the offences in Mount Uniacke on Jan. 26, 2016; in Windsor on Nov. 29 and Oct. 19, 2016; in Newport Station on June 8, 2016; on the Walton Woods Road on Nov. 27, 2016; and in Cogmagun between Nov. 27 and 28 and on Nov. 29, 2016.

The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Lerette’s blood alcohol readings were 200.

Charges of operating a motor vehicle while his ability to do so was impaired by alcohol, stealing a 1995 Chevrolet and another count of break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence were withdrawn on March 5.

Assault with vehicle

Colton Wile, 21, of Burlington, Hants County, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation for using a weapon – a motor vehicle – in committing an assault on three individuals.

Wile changed his plea to guilty to the charge on Dec. 17, 2018. The matter was adjourned to March 5 to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing.

Judge Claudine MacDonald handed Wile a suspended sentence with 18 months of probation and imposed a three-year discretionary firearm prohibition against him.

Wile committed the offence in Three Mile Plains on Jan. 18, 2018. A charge of operating a motor vehicle in a manner dangerous to the public was withdrawn on March 5.

Not guilty plea to arson charge

Mark Graham Saulnier, 56, of Falmouth, will stand trial later this year after pleading not guilty to an arson charge.

Saulnier is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing damage by fire to the property of the Nova Scotia Housing Development Corporation on Avon Street, Windsor, while knowing that the property was occupied. It’s alleged that he committed the offence on Oct. 6, 2018. The charge has not been proven in court.

Saulnier was not present in Windsor Provincial Court on March 5, having filed designation of counsel to be represented by Nova Scotia Legal Aid lawyer Chrystal MacAulay. A not guilty plea was entered to the charge on Saulnier’s behalf and the matter was adjourned to July 22 for trial.

The Windsor RCMP responded to a house fire on Avon Street, Windsor, on Oct. 6, 2018, at 1:34 p.m. Three occupants were in the residence when the fire started but managed to get out. No one was injured.

The Windsor and Brooklyn fire departments responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. Following an investigation by the Windsor RCMP, Saulnier, one of the three occupants who escaped, was arrested and charged with arson with disregard for human life.

Curative treatment discharge

Tyler James Evan Mcleod, 35, of Bridgewater, has been handed a curative treatment conditional discharge for operating a motor vehicle while his ability to do so was impaired by alcohol.

Mcleod changed his plea to guilty in November and the matter was adjourned to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing.

On March 6, Judge Christopher Manning handed Mcleod a curative treatment conditional discharge with 18 months of reporting probation and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against him.

Mcleod committed the offence in Wolfville Ridge on Jan. 14, 2018. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Mcleod gave a blood alcohol reading of 150.

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