Ar­rested step­ping off air­plane

Perry John Shep­pard, 51, gets 15 days for con­tin­ued con­tact with his former part­ner

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - BY NIGEL ARM­STRONG THE GUARDIAN

A man who paid no heed to a court or­der pre­vent­ing con­tact with his ex-part­ner got quite the wel­come at the Char­lot­te­town air­port re­cently.

Perry John Shep­pard, 51, was met by po­lice as he stepped off a plane.

He was in pro­vin­cial court in Char­lot­te­town on Monday be­fore Judge Nancy Orr to plead guilty on a charge of fail­ing to have no con­tact with his former part­ner.

His only other crim­i­nal record was also be­fore Orr this past March where he got a sus­pended sen­tence with an or­der to have no con­tact with his ex af­ter phon­ing threats to her and her cur­rent part­ner.

Shep­pard has, the court was told, a ter­ri­ble ad­dic­tion to gam­bling and de­pres­sion, which con­trib­uted to the breakup with his first part­ner.

On April 29 this year he went to a tax of­fice on P.E.I. but there she was, at the ex­act same time.

He called out to her in the re­cep­tion area and fol­lowed her out to her car, call­ing out “do you know what you did to me?” and “let me talk to you,” the court heard Monday from Crown pros­e­cu­tor Lisa Goulden.

His ex called out for help to a woman in the park­ing lot, ask­ing her to call po­lice.

Two months later, while out of the prov­ince, he was on the phone again to his former part­ner.

Po­lice met and ar­rested him at the air­port on his re­turn.

De­fence lawyer Alana Tay­lor told the court that Shep­pard had worked for the past 12 years but that job ended and he has a new one, as a scaf­fold in­staller, about to start next week.

Judge Orr said that in her opin­ion there is lit­tle dif­fer­ence be­tween ha­rass­ment and as­sault.

“Emo­tional abuse can cer­tainly be very de­struc­tive,” warned Orr.

She was in­ter­rupted by Shep­pard who said he wanted to apol­o­gize for tak­ing up the court’s time.

He didn’t apol­o­gize to his vic­tim. He said the con­tact with her at the tax of­fice was a co­in­ci­dence.

It wasn’t a co­in­ci­dence you phoned her a month later, said Orr.

“That puts it all into per­spec­tive,” she said.

Shep­pard was sen­tenced to 15 days in jail with an or­der to pay $100 to the vic­tims of crime fund.

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