Court Docket – Man pays price for slapping female victim

H.P. court docket
Jan. 29, 2018
Judge D.R. Shykar

A High Prairie man will have one year to learn a lesson about his actions after assaulting a female.
Kenneth Frank Ward, 37, was sentenced to 12 months probation after pleading guilty to assault in High Prairie provincial court Jan. 29.
Court heard Ward hit a female while invovled in a domestic relationship, Crown prosecutor Petter Hurich said.
Both were inside a vehicle with their children when they got into an argument over child support.
“He slapped her in the face,” Hurich said.
The relationship has since ended.
Ward was advised to control his actions.
“You had to keep your hands in your pockets,” Judge D.R. Shynkar said.
Duty counsel Harry Jong spoke for Ward in court. He said the woman started to yell at him before he slapped her.
“He says he is willing to take probation,” Jong said.
Despite the assault, the victim did not request a court order for no contact, Hurich advised.
“I spoke to her later and she is not concerned for her safety.”

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John Lawrence Bittman, 55, of Faust, was fined $1,200, plus a victim fine surcharge of $360, after pleading guilty to driving a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content exceeding 80 mg.
Bittman was stopped after Faust RCMP responded to a call about an impaired driver, Crown prosecutor Petter Hurich told court.
“He showed signs of impairment and had red eyes,” Hurich said.
Breath samples recorded 150 mg.
Bittman has three previous drunk driving convictions on his criminal record from the 1980s. It prompted Hurich to ask for a fine elevated from the minimum of $1,000.
“He says he was going for a drive with his wife and they were drinking and went into the ditch,” duty counsel Harry Jong told court.
Bittman was also handed an automatic suspension from driving for one year.

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Lacey R. Patenaude, 33, of Enilda, was fined $1,000, plus a victim fine surcharge of $300, after pleading guilty to driving a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content exceeding 80 mg.
Patenaude was apprehended by High Prairie RCMP who responded to a call that an intoxicated person was getting into the driver’s seat of a vehicle at the High Prairie Liquor Store, court heard.
“Readings are over 160, so they are high,” Judge D.R. Shynkar said.
Patenaude was sorry for her actions. It was her first criminal conviction.
“She says she is remorseful,” duty counsel Harry Jong told court.
“She has no excuse why she was impaired, she was upset and it led to alcohol.”

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Shicoby Paige Halcrow, 18, of Grouard, was fined $1,000, plus a victim fine surcharge of $300, after pleading guilty to driving a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content exceeding 80 mg.
Court heard the charge arose after she was stopped in Driftpile by Lakeshore Regional Police Service and registered breath samples of 180 mg.
“She admits she had too much to drink and the vehicle got stuck,” duty counsel Harry Jong said.
Halcrow was automatically suspended from driving for one year.

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Melissa Lynn Andrews, 28, of East Prairie, was fined $200, plus a victim fine surcharge of $60, after pleading guilty to breach of probation.
Court heard Andrews did not complete a course ordered by her probation officer, Crown prosecutor Petter Hurich told court.
He did note it was her first breach.
Andrews was dealing with family matters and “she completely forgot about it”, duty counsel Harry Jong said.

 

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