Man look­ing for fresh start gets jail time

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY RYAN ROSS Ryan.Ross@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/ryan­r­ross

A Nova Scotia man who moved to P.E.I. to get a fresh start was sen­tenced Mon­day to 45 days in jail for breach­ing his pro­ba­tion and fail­ing to at­tend court.

Craig Joseph Kelly, 26, ap­peared be­fore Chief Judge Nancy Orr in pro­vin­cial court in Char­lot­te­town where he pleaded guilty to the two of­fences.

The court heard that on May 3 the po­lice re­ceived a call from some­one who said they were con­cerned about Kelly’s well be­ing af­ter he was in­volved in a fist fight at a party and then left.

The po­lice later found Kelly ly­ing near the side of the road.

He was on pro­ba­tion at the time with a con­di­tion not to be in­tox­i­cated in a pub­lic place.

Kelly later missed a court ap­pear­ance on June 19.

De­fence lawyer Yolande Mur­phy said Kelly moved to P.E.I. from Nova Scotia be­cause he wanted a fresh start and to work on his so­bri­ety.

Kelly has also been di­ag­nosed with PTSD, Mur­phy said.

Orr gave Kelly credit of 15 days for time al­ready served, leav­ing him 30 days on his sen­tence.

He must also pay $300 in vic­tim sur­charges.

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