IN THE COURTS
A compilation of offences from Kingston’s Ontario Court of Justice for the period of Oct. 3 to 6, 2017. Only sentences that involved a large fine, probation or incarceration are included.
Joe W. Anderson, 36, was convicted of stealing tools, in concert with another person, from the 56 Bath Rd. Canadian Tire store. He was given enhanced credit on 26 days of pretrial custody and sentenced to time served. Assistant Crown attorney John Skoropada said Anderson and a woman walked into the Canadian Tire store in early September, picked out $360 worth of tools and walked out with them without paying. They were only later identified from the store’s video surveillance footage, he told Justice Allan Letourneau and the tools have not been recovered.
Kyle R. Brown, 33, was convicted of illegally possessing hydromorphone pills. He was given enhanced credit on three days of pretrial custody, sentenced to time served and probation for six months, during which time he must take any counselling or programs his probation officer directs for substance abuse. Federal Crown prosecutor Courtney Cottle said two Kingston Police officers were looking for Brown in early June to execute an arrest warrant. They pulled into an apartment lot on Regent Street in a marked cruiser, she told Justice Allan Letourneau, and spoke to a couple sitting in a parked vehicle, ascertaining that Brown was visiting someone in the building. Cottle said the couple claimed to not know exactly who Brown was visiting, however, so the officers simply waited for him to emerge and arrested him. He was searched incident to arrest and she told the judge he was found to be carrying 13 orange pills that later analyzed as hydromorphone. Brown’s lawyer, Matt Hodgson, in urging time served as a joint disposition with the Crown, told Justice Letourneau his client began using drugs in his twenties and is now “seriously addicted,” and has reached a point where “most of his family don’t talk to him.” Brown has been through drug rehab programs in the past, according to Hodgson, and he told the judge they haven’t worked, and his client doesn’t believe they will work for him. Brown also told Justice Letourneau that “it’s hard to know which direction to go when you’re so hooked on drugs the only thing that helps is drugs.”
Gavin R. Climie, 38, was convicted of committing mischief in March 2016 by damaging signals and communications wire belonging to Canadian National Railway Company. His sentencing was suspended and he was placed on probation for one year. Justice Allan Letourneau was told CNR received notification at 5 a.m. that winter morning that some of their equipment along a section of track in Kingston’s north end had been damaged. Assistant Crown attorney John Skoropada said railway police dispatched to the spot found Climie still there with wire cutters in hand and some excised pieces of older copper wire and insulators. Climie’s lawyer, Kevin Dunbar, told the judge his client actually has some experience working with trains. But that night, Dunbar said, Climie had been out drinking and thought harvesting copper wires from “downed lines” wouldn’t cause any problems. Dunbar admitted to Justice Letourneau “that turned out not to be the case.” But Skoropada, who joined in recommending the suspended sentence, said Climie was correct about the strands he cut being disused signaling wires. Trains had to slow down, however, because he said CNR didn’t initially know whether what Climie had done was having any effect on their signals.
Robert W. Eade, 33, was convicted of assault, threatening and violating bail. He was given enhanced credit on 32 days of pretrial custody, sentenced to a further 42 days in jail and probation for two years.