Cases included assault and uttering threats
Provincial circuit court was held this month from June 20- 22 with Judge Lynn Cole presiding.
Frederick King Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of assault, admitting he struck another patron at the Shark Cove Restaurant on March 3.
He was given a 12- month suspended sentence, ordered to have no contact with the victim, and he will have to reimburse the $115 ambulance fee as well as pay a victim fine surcharge.
Wayne Donald Anderson was found guilty of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.
Given that Anderson was convicted for an identical offense in 2004, the Crown asked for a three-year probation, the longest possible period; a no contact order with the victim or the victim’s family; and a 10-year firearms prohibition.
The Crown also categorized remarks Anderson made during the trial as threatening.
Defense council agreed that Anderson’s remarks towards the victim during the trial were inappropriate, and that despite the lack of medical documentation, his client maintains he suffered a brain injury and that there were “clearly mental health concerns.”
As no weapon was ever part of the threat, the defense also felt a firearms prohibition was unnecessary.
When asked by Cole if he had anything to say, Anderson maintained that he could not be found criminally responsible and that he had a letter from a psychiatrist to that effect. Cole reminded him that had not been argued as part of his defense.
“The presumption under the criminal code is that you are presumed to be accountable for your actions,” the Judge said.
Cole sentenced Anderson to 18- months of probation, a two-year firearms prohibition, and full no contact order for the victim or that person’s family. He must also pay a victim fine surcharge of $100.
The courthouse in Port aux Basques.