A 35-year-old man who passed out drunk on a couch in a house he broke into will get to serve his sentence on weekends so he can keep his job.
Brian Larry Brown appeared before Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown this week after previously pleading guilty to assault, obstructing a police officer and forcible entry.
Brown’s lawyer, Chris Montigny, told the court his client had an underlying alcohol issue for which he spent time in hospital and the Provincial Addictions Treatment Facility.
He has since been attending Alcoholics Anonymous, said Montigny.
The defence asked for the sentence to be served on weekends so Brown could keep his job and help support his three children.
Before handing down a sentence, Orr said Brown had no criminal record when he committed the assault, but was on an undertaking when he committed the forcible entry.
She also said it appeared he was dealing with the underlying alcohol issues.
Orr sentenced Brown to serve 30 days in jail for the assault and 30 days for obstructing an officer, to be served concurrently.
Brown will also spend an additional 30 days in jail for forcible entry, with all of the time to be served on weekends.
Orr ordered him to write an apology letter to the victim and he will have to pay $300 to the victims of crime fund.