H.P. court docket
Dec. 9, 2019
Judge D.R. Shynkar
A young man will spend almost three more months behind bars after assaulting two people.
Justin Sutherland, 32, of Whitefish, was sentenced to 120 days in jail when he appeared in High Prairie provincial court Dec. 9.
He was credited for 17 days served as he appeared from the Peace River Correctional Centre on CCTV.
Sutherland pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with a weapon and one count of unauthorized possession of a weapon.
Crown prosecutor Terrance Hudson told court Sutherland was at the Raven Motor Inn in High Prairie on Nov. 29 when he began arguing with his female spouse.
“He held a knife to her throat,” Hudson said.
Sutherland then hit a male.
“He grabbed a lamp and struck him in the head,” Hudson testified.
The victim required 17 stitches.
“His forehead was split open right down to the skull,” said Hudson.
To worsen matters, police also found Sutherland in possession of a .22 rifle.
Judge D.R. Shynkar credited Sutherland for pleading guilty.
“They are prompt guilty pleas early in the process,” Judge Shynkar said.
He ordered a DNA sample and prohibited Sutherland from owning, possessing or using weapons and restricted firearms for life.
Sutherland admits his wrong actions.
“He accepts responsibility,” duty counsel Derek Renzini said.
“Circumstances are extremely unfortunate and things got out of control.”
Sutherland has had an alcohol problem since his youth, duty counsel added.
Court heard he’s now on the road to recovery.
“He’s working on sobriety,” Renzini said.
After he is released, Sutherland will serve probation for nine months.
“The focus of probation is rehabilitation,” Judge Shynkar said.
Sutherland is required to complete a residential addiction treatment.
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Donovan Vincent Law, of Prince George, B.C., was fined $500 after pleading guilty to for failing to produce proper documents while operating a commercial transport vehicle.
“He was operating a commercial without a log book,” Crown prosecutor Terrance Hudson said.
“He didn’t have a log book at all.”
Law accepted responsibility, duty counsel Derek Renzini noted.
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Daniel Stephen St. Cyr was fined $345 for driving a vehicle while his licence was suspended.