Douglas Parker Dares given 90 days; sentencing on other charges adjourned
A Charlottetown man who broke into the home of a woman he incorrectly assumed he was in a relationship with and assaulted a man he found there has been sentenced to 90 days in the provincial correctional centre.
The sentence was imposed in the case of Douglas Parker Dares.
Dares had pleaded guilty to three charges in connection with this incident, break and enter, assault and breach of an undertaking. He was sentenced only on the break and enter charge during his recent court appearance.
Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas has adjourned sentence on the remaining charges until November to see how Dares performs on probation. He will be on probation at all times when not serving his intermittent sentence and for 18 months after the custodial portion of his sentence has been served.
Douglas said the sentence imposed on the break and enter charge would have been longer but for the way Dares has conducted himself while in jail on remand.
He noted Dares has been at the provincial correctional centre on remand for 103 days and during that time has taken a number of steps to address the issues that have been the source of many of his problems, including his addiction to alcohol.
In passing sentence, Douglas gave Dares credit of 153 days for the time he served, essentially 1 1/2 days for each day spent in custody.
Crown counsel Lisa Goulden had been seeking a sentence on the high end of provincial time for what she called a home invasion type situation. She indicated a federal sentence would not have been unduly harsh given that Dares essentially broke into a residence and assaulted someone.
Thane MacEachern, Dares’ defence counsel, noted this was not a premeditated offence, that Dares had been drinking at the time.
MacEachern further noted Dares had no assaults on his record and truly regrets his behaviour on this occasion. He told the court Dares now recognizes that he and the woman in question did not have a relationship but were just friends.
In addition to placing Dares on probation, Douglas ordered him to pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $200, as well as a victims of crime surcharge of $100.
He ordered Dares to provide a sample of his DNA for the national DNA databank and imposed a 10-year weapons prohibition.
Dares will be back in court Nov. 13.