Man guilty of robbery
Thief assaults loss prevention officer outside city store
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.