Se­cond chance

Judge gives Jarred Scott Dingwell time to show he can fol­low pro­ba­tion or­der

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - THE GUARDIAN

A Sum­mer­side man who failed to fol­low the con­di­tions of his pro­ba­tion gets a few months to show he can turn things around.

Jarred Scott Dingwell ap­peared be­fore Judge John Dou­glas in pro­vin­cial court in Char­lot­te­town Mon­day for sen­tenc­ing af­ter he breached the con­di­tions of his pro­ba­tion.

The charge stemmed from Dingwell fail­ing to meet sev­eral manda­tory ap­point­ments.

Dingwell has a crim­i­nal record that in­cludes co­caine traf­fick­ing, for which he was sen­tenced to eight months in jail as part of the Op­er­a­tion Clean Sweep in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The court heard Dingwell re­cently moved to the Sum­mer­side area with a goal of mov­ing out west for work.

Dingwell told the court he felt like his life had gone down­hill quickly, but he fi­nally felt like he could kick his co­caine ad­dic­tion.

He said he was work­ing to pay off a $1,000 fine so he could move.

The court also heard a re­port from Dingwell’s pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer, who said he was co-op­er­a­tive, po­lite and had po­ten­tial.

Dou­glas said it was clear Dingwell needed help and no ad­dic­tion is easy to shake.

While he agreed with the Crown that jail time would nor­mally be ap­pro­pri­ate, Dou­glas ad­journed the case to give Dingwell time to show he could make ef­forts to re­port as nec­es­sary.

Dou­glas also noted the job mar­ket in western Canada was “pretty grim.”

Dingwell will be back in court March 29 when the court will get an up­date from his pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer.

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