Van­dals tip over steam­roller, leave truck on fire

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A break-in at a New Sud­bury busi­ness that left a steam­roller on its side and a half-ton truck on fire in a nearby swamp has pro­duced a sus­pended sen­tence and pro­ba­tion or­der for one of the two ac­cused.

“Mr. (Sky­lar) Fournier: you didn’t have a crim­i­nal record,” On­tario Court Jus­tice An­drew But­taz­zoni told the 20-year-old man as he is­sued penal­ties that had been sug­gested in a joint sen­tenc­ing sub­mis­sion by the Crown and de­fence lawyer Robert Beck­ett. “You do now … There’s a lot of dam­age. I don’t have a fig­ure …

“Even though it’s been sug­gested he was just a fol­lower, he was re­spon­si­ble for the dam­age.”

Fournier also re­ceived a one-year pro­ba­tion or­der, which in­cludes con­di­tions that he has no con­tact with his co-ac­cused in the case, stay away from Candu En­gi­neer­ing, take rec­om­mended as­sess­ment, coun­selling and pro­grams for is­sues such as life skills, and per­form 80 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

The Chelms­ford man, who had pleaded guilty to break, en­ter and theft, did not ad­dress the court.

The court heard two men broke into the Candu En­gi­neer­ing com­pound on Fal­con­bridge Road in New Sud­bury about 10:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 2017, and gained ac­cess to a steam­roller parked on the prop­erty. The steam­roller was driven out back into a swamp area where it tipped over.

The pair then got into the main build­ing, found the keys to a 2006 pickup truck and drove it through a garage door, caus­ing thou­sands of dol­lars of dam­age. Keys to a 2003 Ford F-250 pickup truck were also found and that ve­hi­cle was also driven out of the build­ing.

While the Ford truck was later aban­doned in the area, a weight was put on the gas pedal of the 2006 pickup truck and it was sent into a swamp area where it caught fire.

Dam­age to the older truck was es­ti­mated at $500, while the 2006 truck dam­age put at $12,000.

Beck­ett said Fournier has cog­ni­tive is­sues and pointed out that the co-ac­cused in the case was the main par­tic­i­pant in the van­dal­ism.

“Given his ca­pac­ity to un­der­stand the to­tal­ity of the in­ci­dent and the con­se­quences of his ac­tions, given his is­sues, he now ac­knowl­edges it was a stupid type of sit­u­a­tion,” said the lawyer. “He has changed his group of friends. He is ex­tremely re­morse­ful and sorry for what hap­pened. He as­sures us, he as­sures me, he will not be back (in court).”

As a re­sult of the guilty plea, the Crown with­drew a charge of pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty.

The co-ac­cused male, who is fac­ing sim­i­lar charges, is still be­fore the courts.

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