Arrested stepping off airplane
Perry John Sheppard, 51, gets 15 days for continued contact with his former partner
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.