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charged with resisting or obstructing a peace officer by making harassing telephone calls, but that charge was later withdrawn.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