Man guilty of rob­bery

Thief as­saults loss preven­tion of­fi­cer out­side city store

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

A 44-year-old Char­lot­te­town man who as­saulted a loss preven­tion of­fi­cer at the At­lantic Su­per­store when she pur­sued him for steal­ing mer­chan­dise has been found guilty of rob­bery.

Chief Pro­vin­cial Court Judge John Dou­glas handed down the guilty ver­dict re­cently in the case of Allan James Brod­er­ick. Dou­glas has now ad­journed the case for sen­tence to Aug. 19.

The court has re­quested an up­date from Brod­er­ick’s pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer on his most re­cent pre-sen­tence re­port.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion is also be­ing sought.

Ev­i­dence pre­sented dur­ing the trial by the loss preven­tion of­fi­cer in­di­cated she watched Brod­er­ick on closed cir­cuit tele­vi­sion take a bot­tle of Lis­ter­ine and tuck it down his pants.

When he headed for the exit with­out pay­ing, she fol­lowed him out­side.

She stopped him and told him she wanted the mer­chan­dise back and iden­ti­fied her­self as a loss preven­tion of­fi­cer.

Brod­er­ick con­tinue to walk away and the of­fi­cer fol­lowed.

She said at one point Brod­er­ick told her he didn’t like her and did not want her around him.

Shortly af­ter that Brod­er­ick turned to­wards the of­fi­cer and punched her on the side of the head, knock­ing her glasses off.

She was still reel­ing from that punch when Brod­er­ick punched her in the chest, knock­ing her to the con­crete sur­face be­low.

When she was down he kept try­ing to punch her again even though she im­plored him to stop.

The of­fi­cer tes­ti­fied she suf­fered a bad cut to the head, as well as scratches to her chin and bruises to her arms and chest.

She was trans­ported to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

The of­fi­cer said she never phys­i­cally touched Brod­er­ick dur­ing this in­ci­dent be­cause store pol­icy pro­hibits her from do­ing so.

Brod­er­ick took to the stand in his own de­fence.

He tes­ti­fied he did not strike the of­fi­cer, but that he did fall on her.

He said he tried to give the stolen mer­chan­dise back but the of­fi­cer wanted to fight with him and pushed him.

When po­lice lo­cated him a short time later Brod­er­ick still had the Lis­ter­ine shoved down his pants.

Dou­glas did not ac­cept Brod­er­ick’s ev­i­dence, say­ing it made ab­so­lutely no sense.

Brod­er­ick has a lengthy crim­i­nal record with mul­ti­ple con­vic­tions for theft.

He also has ad­dic­tions is­sues.

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