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Prince Edward Island provincial court
A Charlottetown man who stole more than $900 from an 11-year-old child has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Cory John Livingston appeared for sentencing Monday in Charlottetown before provincial court judge Nancy Orr.
She allowed him to serve his sentence on weekends, but also ordered him to pay back $945 to the child and write him a letter of apology.
The court was told that Livingston was dating a girl and while doing laundry at her house on Nov. 1 last year, went into the room of her younger brother.
There, Livingston found a cash box where the child had placed money he had been saving from birthdays and other gifts.
Livingston helped himself
The court was told that Livingston owed a lot of money as the result of a court judgment against him, and took the child’s money to pay down some of that debt.
“This child saved a great deal of money and you took it,” Orr said.
Many people are under financial pressure but they don’t resolve their problems by stealing from someone else, she said.
Speaking through his lawyer, Livingston said he’d made an error in judgment and accepted responsibility for his actions.