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Burin Peninsula man sentenced for assault

Grand Bank courthouse
Grand Bank courthouse

Shawn Derek Collins pleaded guilty to assault and breaching a condition of his bail at provincial court in Grand Bank this morning.

According to Judge Harold Porter’s written decision, Collins assaulted a woman who he had a past relationship with on Aug. 21 of this year, grabbing her by the neck and putting her to the floor.

He was arrested and released on bail with one of the conditions being that he not contact the complainant.

Collins ignored the order, however, contacting her through Facebook, text messages and telephone calls – more than 60 of the latter before he was arrested again on Oct. 3.

Based on a joint submission from counsel, Judge Harold Porter gave Collins enhanced credit of 70 days in jail, reducing the remaining sentence to 90 days.

The sentence is to be served intermittently so Collins can keep a job he has lined up.

Collins has been sentenced in the past for impaired driving, assault, uttering threats, possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public, breach of undertaking and breach of probation.

Porter said the victim impact statement described the complainant’s ongoing physical pain as a result of the assault and her fears of what Collins might do to her and their child once he is released from custody.

Porter endorsed the joint submission but did so with reservations.

“Were it up to me, the accused would not be sentenced to an intermittent sentence for the offences which he committed in August and October,” he wrote.

“Intermittent sentences are governed by probation orders. The accused has been convicted of breach of undertaking and breach of probation in the past. He has had an intermittent sentence in the past, which did not deter him from committing further offences. There is no good reason to believe that he will pay any more heed to this court order than the orders made previously.”

In addition to jail time, Collins was sentenced to 24 months of supervised probation with counseling for anger management and substance abuse issues.

He is also prohibited from contacting or communicating with the complainant in any form.

Other ancillary orders include victim surcharges, a lifetime firearms prohibition and submission of a DNA sample.

pherridge@southerngazette.ca

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