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Kings and West Hants Court Report, Oct. 11

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

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

Custody for various offences

Wade Russell Moriarity, 32, of Greenwood, has been sentenced to jail time for a variety of offences, including two counts of failing to comply with his recognizance, driving a motor vehicle while his licence was revoked, possessing a stolen dirt bike valued at less than $5,000, possessing a firearm – a Winchester .22 calibre rifle – without holding the necessary licence and possessing a firearm while prohibited from doing so.

Moriarity was present in Kentville provincial court in custody on Oct. 10, when he changed his pleas to guilty on the six charges. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek sentenced Moriarity to 120 days in custody on the two firearm charges, to be served concurrently. Moriarity spent 47 days remanded in custody and was given credit at time and a half, equaling 71 days. This leaves 49 days in custody left to serve. The court imposed a 10-year firearm prohibition against Moriarity.

He was sentenced to 30 days in custody on each of the two charges of failing to comply with his recognizance and possessing a stolen dirt bike. This time will be served concurrently. The time in custody will be followed by 12 months of probation. Moriarity was fined a total of $1,272.50 for driving while his licence was revoked.

Moriarity committed the offences in Greenwood Square on May 6 and 23 and in Kingston on May 7. Several other charges were dismissed by the Crown on Oct. 10, including three more counts of failing to comply with his recognizance; possessing stolen motor vehicle inspection stickers valued at less than $5,000, possessing a prohibited weapon – a cross bow – without holding the necessary licence, possessing a cross bow while prohibited from doing so, possessing ammunition while prohibited from doing so, possessing a prohibited weapon – a knife with a button on the handle that allows the blade to open automatically – without holding the necessary licence and possessing a prohibited weapon.

Probation, fine for fraud

Jason Michael Croteau, 43, of Kentville, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation and fined for three counts of defrauding an individual of a sum of money not exceeding $5,000.

Croteau pleaded guilty to the charges in July and the matters were adjourned to Oct. 10 for sentencing.

Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed Croteau a suspended sentence with 12 months of probation on the first two counts. Croteau was fined $500 and sentenced to 12 months of probation, to be served concurrently, on the third count. Croteau was ordered to pay $25 in restitution to the benefit of the victim on the first count, $20 on the second count and $240 on the third count, for a total of $285 in restitution. Croteau paid the restitution in full to the court in cash on Oct. 10.

Used forged document

Carissa Bianca Gould, 26, of Cambridge, will serve a period of imprisonment in the community for using a forged document as if it were genuine.

Gould pleaded guilty to the charge in May and the matter was adjourned to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing.

On Oct. 10, Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed Gould a 60-day conditional sentence order with house arrest for the entire time, to be followed by one year of probation.

Gould committed the offence in Coldbrook on March 5, 2016. A charge of attempting to defraud Mader’s Pharmasave of a value not exceeding $5,000 was withdrawn on Oct. 10.

Breathalyser offence

Andy Justin Fowler, 32, of Paradise, has been fined for operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Fowler pleaded guilty to the charge on Oct. 9. Judge Christopher Manning fined Fowler a total of $1,300 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against him.

Fowler committed the offence in Kingston on April 5. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Fowler gave breathalyser readings of 90 and 90.

Breathalyser offence

Emma Elizabeth Gerrits, 26, of Port Williams, has been fined for operating a motor vehicle while her blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Gerrits pleaded guilty to the charge on Oct. 9. Judge Christopher Manning fined Gerrits a total of $1,300 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against her.

Gerrits committed the offence in South Alton on Aug. 4. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Gerrits gave breathalyser readings of 140 and 140.

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