McBride Court Briefs

Allan Frederick

On Fri. June 10 Provincial Court was held in McBride with Judge Michael A. Gray presiding.

For the cases of Traffic Court there were nine listed on the docket with Judge Gray finding that six were deemed convictions and three received a stay of proceedings.

There were also two cases for Family Court that the Judge heard during the morning session.

For the accused Shane Chadwick Adderley on a charge of storage of a firearm contrary to regulation and an application by the Crown for prohibition order, the matter was adjourned to the next Court date of Aug. 5.

For the case of accused Dallas James Bedell on a charge of causing a disturbance by being drunk, as it was his first appearance, the Crown provided disclosure to the accused and the matter was set over to the Aug. 5 date to allow the accused to have time to seek Counsel.

For the accused Jagger James William Hurry on a charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking the accused pleaded not guilty and the matter was to be referred to the Judicial Case Manager (JCM) to set a trial date estimated for four hours.

For accused Wesley Stewart Mackinnon on a charge of breach of undertaking or recognizance Counsel requested that the matter be referred to the next court date of Aug. 5. The court was advised that disclosure had not yet been completed and legal counsel was to be acquired by the accused as only Duty Counsel made a telephone appearance.

For the charges against accused Michael Vincent Melnychuk of driving while prohibited/licence suspended and two charges of breach of undertaking or recognizance, with these charges being on a first time appearance and the accused having a trial date set for the week of June 20 in McBride, the matter was adjourned to the trial date and/or the Aug. 5 court date.

For accused Derek Arthur Mitchell Jr., on charges of criminal harassment, uttering threats and two charges of breach of undertaking or recognizance, the accused appeared in court in shackles as he was in police custody. The accused pleaded guilty on these charges and was sentenced after consideration of the Crown and Counsel arguments before the Judge for 75 days. Having served time of 31 real days for which he received credit for 47 days time served, he will have another 28 days remaining to serve. There were also several restrictions asked for by Crown Geoff McDonald and granted by the Judge. The Crown said that Mr. Mitchell Jr.’s behaviour was “bizarre and ridiculous behaviour.”

The remaining three charges of breach of undertaking or recognizance were stayed.

For the accused Riley Origene Ouellet on a charge of criminal harassment, the accused did not appear. As this was not his first appearance date, the Crown asked for and Judge Gray granted that an “unendorsed bench warrant” be issued.

For the case of accused Jonas Robert Troy Rolfe, the accused pleaded guilty to charge of wilfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer and excessive speeding, for which he received a fine of $1,000 plus victim surcharges with one year to pay as he is attending treatment in Calgary and has been for some time. The accused was granted a stay of proceeding on the remaining charges of driving without a driver’s licence, open liquor in a motor vehicle and personation with intent to gain advantage.

For the accused Damion Kayne Sharp on charges of theft of $5000 or under, two charges of possession of stolen property under $5000, breach of probation order and fail to comply with sentence/surcharge/disposition, the matter was set over to the August court date for arraignment.

For the accused Kevin Gary Spencer on a charge of breach of undertaking, the matter was set over to his trial date week of June 20.

For accused Darren Paul Swanson on a charge of driving while prohibited/licence suspended, the accused did not appear and an endorsed bench warrant was granted, to be issued by Judge Gray.

In the matter of accused Leighton Storm Wiebe on charge of possession of stolen property under $5000, the accused did not appear and an endorsed bench warrant was issued.