Sewage dumper gets jail, or­dered to pay $10,000 in resti­tu­tion

Win­ston Sent­ner, 61, sen­tenced to four months in jail for dump­ing raw hu­man sewage on farm­land

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRENCE MCEACHERN

A P.E.I. man who worked as a sep­tage hauler and dumped hu­man sewage on a por­tion of farm land in Wheat­ley River last year was sen­tenced in Char­lot­te­town pro­vin­cial court to four months in jail.

In ad­di­tion to the jail term for mis­chief, Win­ston Sent­ner, 61, was or­dered to pay $10,317.20 in resti­tu­tion to the landown­ers, Hoff Dairy Inc., for the dam­age.

Court heard that the landown­ers would not be able to use the land to grow crops for hu­man con­sump­tion “for the fore­see­able fu­ture.” Judge Nancy Orr said that Sent­ner’s be­hav­iour was “com­pletely il­log­i­cal” and his ex­pla­na­tion “makes no sense”.

She added that he dis­puted be­ing on the prop­erty on Oct. 11, 2017, and com­mit­ting the of­fence un­til con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cers showed him photo ev­i­dence to the con­trary a week later.

The landown­ers sus­pected tres­pass­ing and il­le­gal dump­ing was oc­cur­ring on their land, so they in­stalled cam­eras.

On Sept. 26, Sent­ner was cap­tured on cam­era tres­pass­ing on the land in his per­sonal ve­hi­cle, a Ford Ranger, with a “no tres­pass­ing” sign in plain sight. His lawyer said the rea­son Sent­ner was on the prop­erty on that oc­ca­sion was that he was drop­ping off sand­wiches to his brother work­ing in a nearby field.

Then on Oct. 11, Sent­ner was caught on cam­era again, this time in the sewage hauler dump­ing hu­man waste on the prop­erty.

Sent­ner’s lawyer said his client was hav­ing com­pli­ca­tions from a her­nia oper­a­tion months ear­lier. As to why he pulled into the prop­erty and dumped the hu­man sewage, he said it was a “lapse of judg­ment” and Sent­ner wasn’t act­ing de­lib­er­ately, even though he didn’t have an ex­pla­na­tion.

Court heard that Sent­ner lived about one kilo­me­tre from the prop­erty on the Stead Road.

Orr re­it­er­ated that Sent­ner’s ex­pla­na­tion — that he was in such a dire state be­cause of his med­i­cal con­di­tion that he had “no other op­tion” but to go into a field with a no tres­pass­ing sign vis­i­ble and empty a load of raw sewage was “com­pletely il­log­i­cal” and “makes no sense”.

For tres­pass­ing, Sent­ner was fined $500 plus a $25 sur­charge.

For the dam­age to prop­erty of­fence, Sent­ner will be placed on pro­ba­tion for two years af­ter he is re­leased from jail. As well, while on pro­ba­tion, he is barred from the Hoff prop­erty and pre­vented from own­ing, op­er­at­ing or ap­ply­ing for em­ploy­ment in­volv­ing sep­tic. Sent­ner was also sen­tenced to 30 days in jail con­sec­u­tive to the four-month sen­tence for com­mon as­sault on April 18. Sent­ner pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to punch­ing his daugh­ter in the face over a dis­pute. He will be placed on pro­ba­tion for 18 months af­ter his re­lease from jail.

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