Pro­ba­tion for man who hid knife blades in bum

The Niagara Falls Review - - Local - ALI­SON LAN­G­LEY

A man who claimed he was kid­napped, forced to in­sert mar­i­juana and two knife blades up his rec­tum and or­dered to smug­gle the items into the Thorold jail has been placed on pro­ba­tion for 15 months.

Kidus Dawit was found guilty in On­tario Court of Jus­tice in St. Catharines ear­lier this year to charges of posses­sion of mar­i­juana and car­ry­ing a con­cealed weapon.

At a sen­tenc­ing hear­ing Wed­nes­day, Judge Peter Wilkie im­posed a sen­tence of time served — the de­fen­dant had served the equiv­a­lent of a 10-month jail term in pre­trial cus­tody — placed him on pro­ba­tion and or­dered him to per­form 75 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

At an ear­lier court ap­pear­ance, de­fence coun­sel Don­ald Wolfe said his 30-year-old client was not plan­ning on us­ing the items he at­tempted to bring in, rather he was de­liv­er­ing the con­tra­band to some­one else.

At trial, Dawit had tes­ti­fied that sev­eral un­known peo­ple con­fronted him at a res­i­dence in Ni­a­gara and drove him to Hamil­ton.

The Fort Erie res­i­dent said he was forced at knife­point to in­sert what he was told were pack­ages of to­bacco.

He said he was in­structed to de­liver the con­tra­band to un­named in­mates at Ni­a­gara De­ten­tion Cen­tre. If he failed to de­liver, he was told he’d be as­saulted by the in­tended re­cip­i­ents in­side the jail.

Two pack­ages were seized. One con­tained a con­dom filled with mar­i­juana and the sec­ond pack­age had two four-inch-long ce­ramic knife blades. Ce­ramic blades are un­de­tectable by metal de­tec­tors.

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