Corner Brook man with prior record gets suspended sentence

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CORNER BROOK  A young Corner Brook man was handed a suspended sentence and a year of probation after smashing out a window in his ex-girlfriend’s place during a feud between the two.

Provincial court Judge Wayne Gorman decided it was an appropriate sentence for 22-year-old Jared Griffin, despite having previously imposed a conditional discharge and 18 months probation to the same man in 2011.

The judge stated in a written decision that the response to community supervision following the previous sentence was poor — that he reported to his supervisor irregularly and did not repay the court-ordered compensation related to three counts of fraud and a single count of uttering forged documents.

Gorman said Griffin entered guilty pleas to the charge of mischief and a breach of undertaking in relation to the February incident from last year. He was cooperative during the pre-sentence report and showed remorse. He had damaged a window with his elbow, in the amount of $136.50, for which he paid for repairs a couple of days later.

At the time, he was bound by an undertaking in relation to charges from July 2012, which were later withdrawn.

Crown attorney Matthew Kennedy had suggested a jail term of between seven and 14 days. Duty council Jamie Luscombe asked for a conditional discharge or suspended sentence with probation.

Gorman said imposing a discharge would be in Griffin’s best interest, but would be contrary to public interest given his prior convictions. The judge said the Crown’s submission was reasonable, but, considering his age and limited prior convictions, the suspended sentence satisfies the principles of the Criminal Code.

Griffin cannot have contact with his ex-girlfriend and must attend all counseling or treatment arranged by his probation officer.

Organizations: Duty council

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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