Car­bon­ear man gets pro­ba­tion

Con­victed for ob­struct­ing peace of­fi­cer, ut­ter­ing threats


A Car­bon­ear man has been sen­tenced to three years pro­ba­tion in re­la­tion to an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing the ha­rass­ment of a po­lice of­fi­cer in early March.

Fran­cis Ho­gan, 48, ap­peared in provin­cial court in Har­bour Grace on May 23 and was con­victed of ut­ter­ing threats to cause death or bod­ily harm and re­sist­ing or ob­struct­ing a peace of­fi­cer.

Ho­gan was charged with re­sist­ing or ob­struct­ing a peace of­fi­cer by mak­ing ha­rass­ing tele­phone calls, but that charge was later with­drawn.

The charges stemmed from an in­ci­dent on March 6 where an in­tox­i­cated Ho­gan made sev­eral ha­rass­ing phone calls to the Har­bour Grace of­fices of the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP.

Dur­ing th­ese calls, Ho­gan used deroga­tory lan­guage to ha­rass the of­fi­cers and tie up re­sources.

The RCMP traced the call to the sus­pect’s res­i­dence in Car­bon­ear, and Const. Wal­ter Pynn went to in­ves­ti­gate the dis­tur­bance.

At 12:15 a.m. on March 7, Pynn was driv­ing down Lon­don Road and no­ticed an in­tox­i­cated male who was shout­ing at the marked po­lice cruiser.

The of­fi­cer rec­og­nized the voice of the man from the phone calls made ear­lier, and de­duced that the man was Ho­gan.

Get­ting out of his cruiser, Pynn was again met with threats.

Pynn ad­vised Ho­gan that he was un­der ar­rest for ut­ter­ing threats, to which Ho­gan again replied with hos­til­ity.

Dur­ing the course of ar­rest­ing the sus­pect, Pynn en­coun­tered re­sis­tance.

Judge Jac­que­line Brazil asked Ho­gan if he had any words for the court dur­ing his sen­tenc­ing.

Ho­gan apol­o­gized to the court, but had no such apol­ogy for the po­lice.

Ho­gan was also given a three-year dis­cre­tionary firearm pro­ba­tion and or­dered to pay $50 to the court for each count.


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