Second man sentenced for home invasion

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Cameron Dobson, 21, sentenced to two years less a day for his part in robbing woman

A 21-year-old Charlottetown man has been sentenced to almost two years in the provincial correctional facility for his role in a violent home invasion in April.

A 21-year-old Charlottetown man has been sentenced to almost two years in the provincial correctional facility for his role in a violent home invasion in the city this past April.

The sentence was imposed in the case of Cameron Geoffrey Dobson.

Dobson pleaded guilty in September to a charge of committing an assault during the commission of a robbery.

Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas sentenced Dobson to serve close to three years in custody but reduced that sentence in recognition of time served while awaiting the disposition of his case.

Dobson spent approximately six months in jail on remand but was given credit for that time at the rate of 1.5 days for each day served.

He will be required to serve two years less a day, the maximum sentence one can serve in a provincial correctional facility.

The charge against Dobson was laid following an incident that took place April 30th at an apartment building on Queen Street.

According to an agreed statement of facts filed with the court Dobson and a second man, Mark Kneebone, knew that the victim, a 55-year-old woman, lived alone in an apartment there.

The victim was on a number of prescriptions for both physical and mental health issues.

The two men arrived unannounced and uninvited, knocked on the victim’s door and rang her doorbell.

When the victim opened her door Dobson and Kneebone forced their way inside.

The victim yelled at them, threw a lamp and attempted to kick Dobson in the crotch.

Dobson held the victim from behind with his arm placed across her body. She tried to grab the phone but could not reach it.

While Dobson was holding the victim Kneebone stole her laptop computer, her prescription medication, her father’s wedding ring and approximately $100 in cash.

When Kneebone found the prescription Dobson loosened his grip on the victim.

The two men told Stewart that if she went to police she would be killed.

They then ran out of the building.

Frantic and upset after being robbed, the victim fled her apartment and went to a nearby pet store where she called 911.

The victim suffered minor physical injuries during the incident that included redness around her throat as a result of the altercation with Dobson.

Crown Counsel John McMillan had recommended Dobson be sentenced to a term in excess of three years in a federal penitentiary.

Kneebone was sentenced in September to serve eight years in a federal penitentiary for two home invasions.

He received two years in prison for this particular offence and six years for an even more violent home invasion in which the victim, an 83-year-old woman, was threatened with a knife and suffered a cut to her hand when she tried to protect herself.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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Recent comments

  • MIek trippon
    November 17, 2012 - 07:08

    The deliberate delay in passing sentence in order to account for time served provincially as a means of exempting a criminal from federal incarceration is an injustice onto itself. The sentencing evidently does not fit the crime and subsequently has to put into question the judge's ability to deliver an equitable, fair and sound decision. The people have been robbed of justice.

  • Marie
    November 14, 2012 - 09:36

    An 83 year old terrorized, robbed and cut IN HER OWN HOME....another women with physical and mental health issues attacked, robbed and threatened with death IN HER OWN HOME. Death threats equal less than two years in the dozy Hollow?? Since his sentence was three years, should he not spend the remainder of his time in the big house? Scare the pants off (lol) the miserable scum. Maybe he'll think twice about scaring defenseless women IN THEIR OWN HOME!!! Get rid of soft judges...slaps on the wrist are NOT working!!! Or send these low lives to MY HOUSE and I'll go to the big house... smiling all the way!

  • Henry Sow
    November 13, 2012 - 21:35

    Judge Douglas should step down from the bench. We don't need bleeding hearts when it comes to sentencing for crimes such as this. Two male culprits, with a past history for home invasions, breaks into a defenceless woman's apartment, robs and assaults her in the process and threatens to kill her if she goes to the police. The law says a "Man's home is his Castle" or in this case a "Woman's Castle". There needs to be protection for people such as these. Ten to fifteen years in prison is a proper sentence for this offence. Judge Douglas do us a favor and step down from the bench, or if not, the people of PEI should give you your pink slip. You are a disgrace to the judicial system.

  • Blondie
    November 13, 2012 - 20:51

    This sentence is ridiculous. Something has got to change with the justice system. I think people should be protesting these sentences. If a person can,t be safe in their own home then there is something wrong.

  • rosieredrose
    November 13, 2012 - 20:51

    Obviously the law on PEI appears to be different from other provinces. This small sized province offers small sized sentences for crime. This lady will only become adjusted to living with little fear within her home when this character gets out of the local jail and returns to accost her again.

  • what gives
    November 13, 2012 - 18:41

    What is that for a sentence. This guy gets to stay in a prov jail and not go to a federal institution. Gee Judge Douglas, your math is pretty good to figure this one out. His co accused gets eight yrs for two robberies but this loser gets two years less. I don't know who is more scared, Douglas to actually give a sentence or Dobson to go to the big house. Typical Island sentence, let this loser stay in the hollow instead of going across where he would of had a harder time. Ridiculous

  • Nor'easter
    November 13, 2012 - 18:19

    I've always wondered why a day in jail is a day in a guarter or a third. Is not a day serverd a day. And what is this weekend putting in 2 days which ammounts to alot less than 24 hours

  • Nor'easter
    November 13, 2012 - 17:31

    what a great place to get in trouble wjth the law. You can always count on the judges to be on the defendents side and give them a free ride