Symes sen­tenced to just over three years

Charges were in re­la­tion to armed rob­bery at Chases Diner and Bar

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS - BY COLIN FAR­RELL

Dy­lan Symes of Marys­town has been sen­tenced to 1,230 days in cus­tody in re­la­tion to an armed rob­bery at Chases Diner and Bar in Cre­ston South.

The 21-year-old was given credit for time served for a to­tal of 83 days, leav­ing just over three years re­main­ing in his sen­tence.

Symes ap­peared by way of video­con­fer­ence to hear Judge Harold Porters’ de­ci­sion on sen­tenc­ing in pro­vin­cial court in Grand Bank on Thurs­day, May 18. In his writ­ten de­ci­sion on sen­tenc­ing, Porter de­tailed that on March 24 the RCMP in Marys­town re­ceived a re­port of a rob­bery at Chase’s Diner and Bar in Cre­ston South.

“A male en­tered the diner bran­dish­ing a knife and de­mand­ing cash with his face dis­guised by a mask. The male left the din­ner on foot with ap­prox­i­mately $2,500. There were ap­prox­i­mately six peo­ple in the bar at the time of the rob­bery,” wrote Porter.

From the video that was taken from the scene, of­fi­cers later iden­ti­fied the male as Dy­lan Symes. He was ar­rested that same day and ques­tioned.

“Un­der cau­tion, Symes ad­mit­ted to rob­bing Chase’s Diner with a knife, tak­ing money from the hands of the bar­tender and flee­ing on foot to an await­ing car,” the Judge noted.

Porter high­lighted sev­eral ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tors in sen­tenc­ing Symes, in­clud­ing the past his­tory of the ac­cused de­tailed in a 17-page record; the fact that there were sev­eral pa­trons in the restau­rant dur­ing the rob­bery; the ac­cused was masked; and the amount of money taken to­talling $2,500.

He added sev­eral mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors on sen­tenc­ing as well in­clud­ing the youth of the ac­cused, his con­fes­sion to police, the early guilty plea and his drug ad­dic­tion.

In ad­di­tion to the net sen­tence of over three years in cus­tody there were vic­tim sur­charges of $1200, a firearms pro­hi­bi­tion or­der, and an or­der for DNA to be col­lected and en­tered in a national data­bank.

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