Man in jail after stealing from 11-year-old child

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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.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • former islander
    May 08, 2014 - 20:42

    What a sick disgusting excuse for a man this is. I wonder if this child will actually get their money back? If not, perhaps the man will get 10 hours community service or something. 30 days is ridiculous, theft is theft no matter who from and he deserves a longer term.

  • Kathy
    May 07, 2014 - 09:24

    Sounds like someone should be more discriminating in who they date -- I would have to think very long and hard about having someone with morals like that in my home.

  • Leena DesRoches
    May 07, 2014 - 08:55

    Didn't he steal/set up a robbery @ his previous place of employment? Sounds like he will get into the "painting game" that is in his genes.

  • Leroy Jenkins
    May 07, 2014 - 08:43

    This brings the phase "taking candy from a baby to a whole new level"

  • Optimus
    May 07, 2014 - 08:42

    This brings the phase "taking candy from a baby to a whole new level"

  • Sandy
    May 07, 2014 - 06:17

    As a former Islander I have to say if I ever want to commit a crime (unlikely!) I will go to PEI to do it. Where do they find these judges!!

  • Fairness
    May 06, 2014 - 23:53

    Go to jail for stealing from a kid.. But you they don't put some one in jail for drunk driving and killing someone.. Ya, that's fair I guess..

  • AMD
    May 06, 2014 - 23:20

    Why are the jails here even open Monday to Friday? Nowhere else have I ever heard of people serving weekends. That's crazy to me. Make these people fully accountable for their actions and serve a full sentence and maybe risk losing a job in the process.

  • Robin Hoodz
    May 06, 2014 - 18:10

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!? WEEKENDS FOR STEALING ALMOST 1000 DOLLARS FROM A HARDWORKING INNOCENT 11 YEAR OLD CHILD?!?