Scales of justice
A 49-year-old Charlottetown man whose criminal record takes up some 30 pages was sentenced recently in provincial court to serve 60 days in jail for obstructing a police officer.
That sentence, subsequently reduced by 25 days in recognition of time spent on remand, was imposed in the case of Dennis Joseph Oâ€™Brien.
Oâ€™Brien was sentenced to a further 60 days, consecutive to the first sentence, for theft of a backpack from the Bentley store at the Charlottetown Mall.
Breaching a probation order netted Oâ€™Brien a further 30 days in jail, consecutive to all other sentences.
Oâ€™Brien was also ordered to pay $300 in victims of crimes surcharges.
The court was told Oâ€™Brien was seen stealing the backpack by a sales clerk from a store across the corridor.
When he was approached about the theft, he became verbally abusive, then left the mall.
A police officer dispatched to the scene located Oâ€™Brien, at which time Oâ€™Brien gave the officer a false name.
Another officer, however, knew Oâ€™Brien and provided the first officer with the correct information.
The stolen backpack was recovered.
At the time of the theft, Oâ€™Brien was on no less than five different probation orders.