Man jailed four months for as­sault with weapon

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - BY RYAN ROSS THE GUARDIAN

A man whose vic­tim needed sta­ples to close a cut on his head af­ter he hit him with a brass can­dle holder was sen­tenced re­cently to four months in jail.

Noel Joseph Car­ragher, 37, ap­peared be­fore Chief Judge John Dou­glas in pro­vin­cial court last week for sen­tenc­ing af­ter he was pre­vi­ously found guilty of as­sault with a weapon. He is ap­peal­ing the guilty ver­dict.

Car­ragher was a res­i­dent in a room­ing house, but its owner was evict­ing him be­cause he was in­ject­ing drugs in­side. He as­saulted another board­ing house res­i­dent, hit­ting him in the head with the can­dle stick holder.

Crown at­tor­ney Va­lerie Moore rec­om­mended a sen­tence of a min­i­mum of six to eight months and said it wasn’t a low-end as­sault. The vic­tim re­quired two sta­ples to close a cut af­ter Car­ragher hit him in the head twice.

Moore de­tailed Car­ragher’s ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal record, which in­cluded more than 80 con­vic­tions.

Of those, more than 30 were breaches of court or­ders and Moore said Car­ragher thinks the methadone he takes for his ad­dic­tions keeps him from get­ting a job.

“It seems like blame is ev­ery­where but him­self,” she said.

Be­fore hear­ing his sen­tence, Car­ragher ad­dressed the court and said he was act­ing in self de­fence.

“I do take re­spon­si­bil­ity for all my ac­tions,” he said.

Car­ragher went on to say he does think methadone keeps him from get­ting a job.

“You try and keep that stuff from your em­ployer if you’re an ad­dict.”

Dou­glas gave Car­ragher credit of two months for time served.

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