Yeo sentencing adjourned until May

Ryan Ross
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A Charlottetown man who has been in custody for more than 630 days will wait a little longer for sentencing after his case was adjourned again this morning in Charlottetown.

But as Jason Norman Yeo sat at the defence table in P.E.I. Supreme Court with his legs and feet shackled, Justice Wayne Cheverie explained the situation, saying he wanted to make sure the public understood it wasn’t just a matter of Yeo trying to drag things out.

Yeo was found guilty in February of cocaine trafficking for which he has yet to be sentenced, along with several other charges.

He was supposed to be sentenced today after his case was adjourned on April 7 to allow the defence time to prepare its recommendations.

The case has since been complicated further by a Supreme Court of Canada decision issued April 11 that dealt with the issue of pre-sentence custody and determining how much credit to give.

Yeo’s lawyer was also sick, although he was in court for today’s proceedings.   

The defence and Crown agreed to the adjournment because the defence wouldn’t have had time to properly prepare considering the latest development from the higher court.

Cheverie said he wouldn’t have been dealing with the request for an adjournment if it wasn’t for the Supreme Court of Canada ruling.

He also said he was going to have to consider the principle of totality and whether or not to make the sentences run consecutively or concurrently.

“I think it’s important for the public to know there is no foot dragging here.”

The principle of totality is meant to ensure combined sentences for several offences aren’t too far above the normal level of a sentence for the most serious offence someone commits.

Yeo will be back in court May 21 for sentencing.

Last month Yeo was sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in a 2012 home invasion and robbery of a drug dealer in Emyvale.

rross@theguardian.pe.ca

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Organizations: Supreme Court of Canada

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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