Pla­cen­tia man awaits sen­tence for vi­o­lent crime

Dil­lon Pal­frey in cus­tody since ar­rest last June

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Dil­lon Pal­frey sat in Har­bour Grace Provin­cial Court last Wed­nes­day with his wrists hand­cuffed and his hands folded in his lap.

Look­ing at the floor to­wards his shack­led feet, the 20-year-old Pla­cen­tia man lis­tened at­ten­tively to the Crown pros­e­cu­tor read to Judge Jac­que­line Brazil the agreed upon state­ment of facts for sev­eral crimes he ad­mit­ted to com­mit­ting last June. He has been in cus­tody ever since.

Pal­frey pled guilty to four charges — as­sault, break and en­ter, mis­chief and ut­ter­ing threats. Two charges, in­clud­ing one for ar­son and an ad­di­tional as­sault charge, were dropped.

The charges stem from an in­ci­dent in the early morn­ing hours of June 1, 2014, when he broke into the Jersey­side home of his for­mer girl­friend by en­ter­ing a base­ment win­dow. All doors in the house were locked at the time.

A phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion took place and ended with Pal­frey throw­ing the woman to the floor, leav­ing her with mi­nor in­juries. He had been con­sum­ing al­co­hol.

Another man was also in the house at that time. His ve­hi­cle was parked in the drive­way of the home on Bat­tery Road.

After Pal­frey left the house, he used a rock, a 2x4 piece of wood and parts of a chim­ney to break the win­dows and tail lights of the ve­hi­cle.

It was around that time po­lice were called, and Pal­frey took off. Later that morn­ing, po­lice were called back to the area after the same ve­hi­cle was set on fire.

Ex­plicit Face­book mes­sages writ­ten by Pal­frey after the in­ci­dent claimed he was go­ing to kill the man that owned the ve­hi­cle and his fam­ily.

The Crown would like to see Pal­frey sentenced to 12 to 15 months in jail on top of the time he’s al­ready served while in cus­tody, along with three years pro­ba­tion and re­stric­tions that in­clude a manda­tory firearms pro­hi­bi­tion.

Pal­frey’s lawyer Jeff Slade is re­quest­ing 12 months to­tal — in­clud­ing time served — and two years pro­ba­tion. He be­lieves be­cause Pal­frey wasn’t breach­ing an un­der­tak­ing and wasn’t on pro­ba­tion, the Crown’s pro­posed sen­tence is too harsh given he has spent the past seven months in cus­tody.

When asked by Brazil if there’s any­thing he would like to say, Pal­frey stood up.

“I’d like to apol­o­gize for what I’ve done,” the soft-spo­ken young man said, ask­ing for a sec­ond chance. He has been pur­su­ing his ed­u­ca­tion while be­ing held at Her Majesty’s Pen­i­ten­tiary in St. John’s.

Brazil will sen­tence Pal­frey on Jan. 14 at 1:30 p.m.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/The Com­pass

Dil­lon Pal­frey walks up the steps to the Har­bour Grace Provin­cial Court Wed­nes­day, Jan. 7.

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