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Man banned from Burin Peninsula sentenced for 39th probation breach

Two Newfoundland men pleaded guilty to offences under the Migratory Birds Convention Act and were sentenced at provincial court in Grand Bank last month.
Provincial court in Grand Bank.-File photo

GRAND BANK, N.L.

Scott Eric Deering, 37, has been sentenced to 81 days jail time after pleading guilty to his 39th breach of probation.

In his written decision on sentencing Judge Harold Porter explained that on March 22 the accused had been sentenced on two counts of breaching probation and for breaching recognizance.

“I included in the probation order an usual condition, one which prohibited the accused from being present on any part of the Burin Peninsula south of the Piper’s Hole River bridge,” Porter wrote.

He added that his reason for doing so was that the accused had been convicted of several offences committed on the peninsula, “while at the same time he had no reason to be here. He does not have a job here, he does not go to school here, and he has no family here.”

In his decision Porter noted when the accused was arrested in Marystown he said he had no idea how he got there and claimed that he had been abducted and carried to Marystown against his will.

A joint submission on sentencing was submitted to the court by council suggesting that the accused be sentenced to 66 days, time served. Porter rejected the joint submission saying, “a sentence of ‘time served’ would fail to address the requirement of correcting the criminal behaviour of the accused.”

The accused was sentenced to 180 days incarceration minus 66 days for time served at a rate of 1:1.5 for a total sentence of 81 days.

A mandatory victim surcharge in the amount of $100 must also be paid.

Colin.farrell@southerngazette.ca

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