Man sentenced for Old Perlican break-in
A St. John’s man who broke into a gas station in Old Perlican last spring has been given a nine-month jail term. William John Ryan was sentenced Thursday, Sept. 8 at provincial court in St. John’s.
The 29-year-old pleaded guilty to break and enter and being disguised with intent to commit crime.
Ryan and another man broke into the Gasland station in Old Perlican at around 4:30 a.m. on May 18. They made off with several cartons of cigarettes.
Ryan, who was denied bail shortly after he was arrested, was given 114 days credit for the time he’s already served in custody, leaving a little more than five months left to serve on his term.
Judge Jacqueline Brazil rendered her decision via teleconference from Harbour Grace provincial court.
Crown prosecutor Shawn Patten had asked for a 12-month jail term, while defence lawyer Averill Baker had recommended a conditional sentence.
The other man charged in connection with the break-in, Ken Wheeler, was scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 14.
After Ryan was sentenced, he was then led to another courtroom, where he was supposed to begin a trial on three charges of assault, stemming from incidents at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary.
Lawyer removed from case
However, Ryan told Judge Lois Skanes he wanted to fire Baker, due to “a breakdown in communication.”
“I want to say a lot of mean stuff, but I have to bite my tongue,” Ryan told the judge. “But we just don’t get along.”
Baker agreed and the allowed her off the case.
Ryan hopes to have a new lawyer when the case comes back to court Oct. 24. A date for a new trial is expected to be set at that time.