A man who tried to self-medicate to deal with an opiate addiction landed in jail instead after he smashed the window out of a parked car and was caught with drugs.
Shawn Casey Smith, 28, appeared before Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to several charges that included drug possession, damaging property and breaching the conditions of his probation.
Orr sentenced him to serve 50 days in jail minus 40 days credit for time served while in custody before his case was dealt with. That left him with 10 days left on his sentence.
The court heard that on Sept. 19 the RCMP arrested Smith after he smashed the window of a tourist’s car.
Smith didn’t take anything from the vehicle, but when the police searched his car they found suboxone pills, which are used to treat opiate addiction.
They later learned he had outstanding warrants in Ontario.
The defence told the court Smith had the pills because he had an opiate addiction and was trying to detox himself.
Along with the jail time Orr ordered Smith to pay $250 to the victims of crime fund.