N.B. man who'd been ejected from Jack Cameron's retaliated by spraying bear repellent into men's washroom from outside bar
A New Brunswick man who discharged bear repellent into a city bar last November has been sentenced to seven days in the provincial correctional centre.
The sentence was imposed Monday in the case of Adam Wallace MacPherson.
MacPherson was convicted at trial of possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace and mischief.
Upon release from jail MacPherson, who resides in Fredericton, will spend the next 12 months on probation.
If his probation officer feels it is necessary, MacPherson will be required to undergo assessment, counseling and treatment for the use of drugs or alcohol or any other underlying issue that may have contributed to the commission of these offences.
Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas also ordered MacPherson to pay a victims of crime surcharge of $100.
Crown Counsel John McMillan had proposed a longer jail sentence.
Dozens of patrons fled Jack Cameron's Nightclub and Eatery after MacPherson discharged bear repellent through the open window of the men's washroom from the outside.
The court was told that MacPherson, a former Charlottetown resident, had been in the club earlier that night but had been ejected.
While standing outside waiting for someone to bring his coat out to him the accused told the doorman that if he didn't get his coat back he was going to return to the club and spray the owner of the bar and his staff with bear repellent.
The bear repellant left many patrons and staff mopping their eyes, which became highly irritated as a result of contact with the chemicals in the repellant.
Some people that night became violently ill, vomiting on the sidewalk outside the bar.
It proved particularly troublesome for at least one of the club's employees who suffers from asthma. She experienced difficulty breathing.
MacPherson denied any wrongdoing but his shirt was covered with chemical stains and stank of bear repellent.
The accused had a prior criminal record but there were no related offences.
In court Monday MacPherson apologized and said he intended no harm.