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The Kentville law courts. - File
The Kentville law courts. - File

This is the latest court report for Kings and West Hants counties.

Custody for stealing, probation offences

Justin Michael Sim, 40, address unknown, has been sentenced to jail time for three counts of stealing property of a value not exceeding $5,000 from Canadian Tire; three counts of stealing property of a value not exceeding $5,000 from the Kingston Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation and three counts of failing to comply with probation.

Sim was present in Kentville provincial court in custody on July 31, when he pleaded guilty to the charges. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek sentenced Sim to 20 days in custody on each of the nine charges, to be served consecutively, for a total of 180 days in custody. Sim was also sentenced to one year of reporting probation. Sim has been ordered to pay $859.95 in restitution to Canadian Tire and $81 in restitution to the Kingston Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation.

Sim committed the offences in New Minas between June 17 and 26 and in Kingston between July 23 and 29. Six more counts of failing to comply with probation were withdrawn on July 31.

Custody for various offences

Merissa Eddy, a.k.a. Purdy, 18, of no fixed address, has been sentenced to jail time for uttering a threat to cause bodily harm or death to two individuals, threatening to use a weapon – a knife – in committing an assault on two individuals and two counts of failing to comply with probation.

Eddy pleaded guilty to the charges on July 16 and the matters were adjourned for sentencing. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek sentenced Eddy to a total of 45 days in custody and 12 months of probation on the four charges. The court imposed a 10-year firearm prohibition against Eddy and granted a primary DNA order.

Eddy committed the offences in Kentville on May 26 and in Cambridge on May 29. Several other charges were withdrawn on July 30, including carrying a weapon – a knife – for a purpose dangerous to the public peace; another count of uttering a threat to cause bodily harm or death, another count of threatening to use a weapon – a knife – in committing an assault, two counts of failing to comply with her recognizance and possessing a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace.

Conditional sentence with house arrest

Matthew Paul Thorpe, 43, of Medford, has been handed a conditional sentence order with house arrest for uttering a death threat and committing an assault.

Thorpe pleaded guilty to the charges on June 5. The matters were adjourned to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing.

On Aug. 1, Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed Thorpe a six-month conditional sentence order with house arrest for the first three months and daily curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the remaining three months. The conditional sentence will be followed by 12 months of probation. Thorpe was fined a total of $200 in victim surcharges.

Thorpe committed the offences in Habitant on March 18.

Assault causing bodily harm

Joshua Douglas Ueffing, 34, of Kentville, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation for committing an assault causing bodily harm.

Ueffing changed his plea to guilty on June 11 and the matter was adjourned to July 30 to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek handed Ueffing a suspended sentence with 18 months of probation. The court imposed a five-year firearm prohibition against Ueffing and granted a primary DNA order.

Ueffing committed the offence in Kentville on Oct. 25, 2017.

Breathalyser offence

Seth Robert Sherman Tibbutt, 20, of Wilmot, has been fined for operating a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Tibbutt pleaded guilty to the charge on Aug. 1. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek fined Tibbutt a total of $1,300 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against him.

Tibbutt committed the offence in Kingston on June 19. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Tibbutt’s blood alcohol readings were not available.

Fined for stealing from store

Kristen Lynn Hardacker, a.k.a. MacDonald, has been fined for stealing property of a value not exceeding $5,000, hair colouring, from the Hantsport Pharmasave.

Hardacker pleaded guilty to the charge on July 27. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek fined her a total of $65.

Hardacker committed the offence in Hantsport on Feb. 18, 2017.

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