CBN man’s sen­tenc­ing for child abuse set for De­cem­ber

Crown seeks over 2.5 years; de­fence sug­gests nine months

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The man linked to a CBN child abuse case with ties to another mat­ter that has al­ready earned a woman a lengthy jail sen­tence will learn more about his own fate in early De­cem­ber.

What is known is that the man — who can­not be iden­ti­fied in or­der to pro­tect the chil­dren in­volved — will not spend as much time in jail as his wife. She re­ceived a sen­tence last month of 12 years and 88 days for charges that in­clude forcible con­fine­ment, cor­rupt­ing the morals of chil­dren and will­fully con­tribut­ing to a child be­ing in need of pro­tec­tive in­ter­ven­tion.

Lawyers in­volved in his case rec­om­mended con­sid­er­ably shorter sen­tences at provin­cial court in Har­bour Grace Mon­day. The man is not in cus­tody and was in the court­room.

He is con­victed on seven counts of forcible con­fine­ment and a sin­gle count each of will­fully con­tribut­ing to a child be­ing in need of pro­tec­tive in­ter­ven­tion and breach of a re­cog­ni­zance. The lat­ter charge re­lates to the man liv­ing with his wife after the court or­dered him not to have con­tact with her.

Crown lawyer Lisa Stead rec­om­mended his sen­tence should ex­ceed two years and eight months, sug­gest­ing two-year sen­tences for some of the forcible con­fine­ment charges be served con­cur­rently to each other but con­sec­u­tive to sen­tences for other charges.

Stead did not rec­om­mend sen­tences for the other forcible con­fine­ment charges, but did in­di­cate they should be less se­vere.

Stead told Judge Jac­que­line Brazil that the man had a chance to pro­tect those chil­dren, but ul­ti­mately chose not to. She said when chil­dren are the vic­tims of crimes of this na­ture, the court needs to re­act with a strong sen­tence to de­nounce those acts and de­ter oth­ers.

The man’s de­fence lawyer sug­gested a nine-month sen­tence is more ap­pro­pri­ate. Ja­son Ed­wards told the court his client feared his wife. While he ad­mit­ted such an is­sue should not be con­sid­ered a de­fence against con­vic­tion , Ed­wards ar­gued the judge should fac­tor it into sen­tenc­ing. He also ar­gued the forcible con­fine­ment charges should all be served con­cur­rently.

Brazil will ren­der her decision on sen­tenc­ing Dec. 2.

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