Court Docket – Man pays big for damages to stolen vehicle

H.P. court docket
Nov. 20, 2017
Judge D.R. Shynkar

A young Sucker Creek man will have to dig deep into his pockets to pay for damages of almost $2,900 to an all-terrain vehicle he stole.

Thomas Cecil Willier-Lewis, 22, was ordered to pay $2,883.73 for damages when he appeared in High Prairie provincial court Nov. 20.

That was the figure given by Crown prosecutor Haydn Shook, who explained the charges of theft of a motor vehicle on Aug. 15, 2016.

The aggravating factor is the severity of the damage,” Shook says.

Willier-Lewis was sentenced consecutively to 20 days in jail for assault and failing to comply with an undertaking and 10 days each for theft of a motor vehicle and for failing to appear in court for a trial.

He was credited for time served.

Willier-Lewis was drinking alcohol with his common law wife on Oct. 27, 2017 when, “for whatever reason”, he struck her in the face and caused bruising near one of her eyes, Crown says.

Domestic violence is a serious problem in society,” Judge D.R. Shynkar says.

An assault charge laid against Willier-Lewis was not supported by the victim.

Initially, the common law did not want to proceed with charges,” the Crown says.

She considers him to be important to her and her son.”

For assault, it’s not the victim’s decision, but authorities, the Crown says.

While no restitution was requested by the owner of the ATV, the judge made the order upon recommendation from the Crown.

He’s willing to pay restitution,” says lawyer Harry Jong.

He breached a condition to not possess or consume alcohol when police found him with a Lucky beer can, the Crown says.

After being released from Peace River Correctional Centre, Willier-Lewis will serve probation for six months.

He says he is on the road to recovery with alcohol treatment in prison.

I plan to stop drinking alcohol,” he says.

That impressed the judge.

I strongly encourage you to work on your sobriety plan and take domestic violence counselling,” Shynkar says.

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Patrick Wayne Letendre, 25, of Atikameg, was sentenced to 20 days in jail, with nine days credit, for operating a vehicle while disqualified.

He was on a court-ordered driving prohibition,” Shynkar says.

I give you credit for pleading up right away,” he says as he spoke to the accused, who appeared on closed-circuit television from Peace River Correctional Centre

Letendre was stopped by police on Nov. 15, and was driving without a valid licence, the Crown says.

He has difficulty complying with court orders,” Shook says.

Letendre was eager to get a cheque from the Swan River First Nation band office when police stopped him, his lawyer says.

He says he did a stupid mistake,” Harry Jong says.

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Candace June Cardinal, 36, of High Prairie, was fined $1,000, plus a $300 surcharge, for driving a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content more than 80 milligrams.

Breath samples recorded 130 mg. after she was stopped by High Prairie RCMP on Sept. 30, the Crown says.

She didn’t think she was over the limit,” says Cheryl Kachuk, criminal court worker with Alberta Native Counselling Services.

She was with a cousin who was visiting and they had a few drinks.”

Cardinal was handed an automatic one-year driving suspension.

Robert Walker was fined $300, plus a $45 surcharge, for driving a motor vehicle while unauthorized.

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Michael Joseph Quinney was fined $233 for failing to provide a valid vehicle insurance card when requested by police.

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