Crown seeks jail for attack with baseball bat in Charlottetown

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Jeremy John Marshall, 34, of Warren Grove kicked open front door of home on Mount Edward Road, hit victim on leg and knee with bat

The Crown is calling for a lengthy time in jail for a Charlottetown man who broke into the residence of his daughter’s boyfriend and whacked him on the legs with a baseball bat.

Crown Prosecutor Lisa Goulden said Friday that Jeremy John Marshall, 34, of Warren Grove should spend from 15 to 24 months in custody for what he did to the victim.

Goulden told told Justice Benjamin Taylor on Friday that court that Marshall was angry because he believed the victim was responsible for a recent problem his daughter had experienced.

On Sunday morning, Aug. 4 last year, following an angry exchange of text messages in which Marshall threatened the victim, he went to the victim’s residence on Mount Edward Road and invited him to come out and fight.

That didn’t happen.

Marshall returned to his vehicle where he grabbed a baseball bat.

He opened the screen door and then kicked the main door twice, forcing his way inside.

Marshall swung the bat twice, striking the victim on the leg and on the knee.

Goulden said the blows with the bat left the victim in great pain and with large red marks on his legs. He also suffered a bruise on his head from being struck by the door when Marshall forced it open.

To make matters worse, when Marshall was released from police custody he offered to pay for tickets to transport the victim and his daughter out west so they would not be available to testify against him.

That offer violated a no-contact order issued by the courts.

Goulden noted that Marshall had a prior criminal record that included convictions for assault, impaired driving, breach of probation, mischief and failure to attend court.

Goulden said that sentences for similar crimes ranged from several months in a provincial jail to periods of time in a federal correctional facility. In Prince Edward Island any sentence of two years or more must be served in the federal pen.

Goulden said the Crown and defence counsel could not agree on a joint recommendation on sentence, that their positions on an appropriate sentence were quite divergent.

She said in a case like this where there was a home invasion and assault in which a weapon had been used the primary consideration for the court should be deterrence and denunciation.

Defence counsel Mitchell MacLeod was to have addressed the court on sentence Friday as well but Taylor was forced to adjourn the case due to a pressing family matter

Taylor adjourned the case to May 21, at which time a date will be set to resume the sentence hearing.

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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  • Jill
    May 22, 2014 - 12:45

    I can't believe people are actually defending this man, I'm bestfriends with the victims cousin who was there when incident occurred and was terrified to be home alone for months after because this man told them he'd be back. The worst part of this whole situation is that the victim didn't do anything to his girlfriend and that people are actually trying to blame the victim for this. I wonder how you would feel if someone broke into your home and bet you with a baseball bat when you didn't do anything and come to find out people are trying to blame you for it.

  • Observer
    May 19, 2014 - 19:20

    Lucas: You say we "should think about his family." Maybe HE should have thought about his family before he committed a home invasion and assault. And I note that this is not his first assault charge, he has been charged with impaired driving and clearly doesn't give a fig about the justice system. And then he tops off this whole business by trying to bribe two witnesses to leave town. Maybe his family is better off without him. He may be a "great friend", but he is a lousy role model.

  • Lucas
    May 19, 2014 - 15:15

    You guys say you don't feel safe in your homes? Then you must be doing something that would make you guilty because it says he new the guy and if it were my daughter and her boyfriend did something to her I would do the same Jeremy is a great friend and he is a great neighbour and a real great family man and befor people go bashing him and saying throw him in jail maybe you should think about his family.Ya maybe he should of handled it different but 3/4 of the men in the world would of done that to protect there daughter

    • Citizen
      May 19, 2014 - 21:03

      The daughter is still with the boyfriend sp he cant be all that bad. It also shows the guy has a history of trouble with the law.

  • Jermeys Friend
    May 19, 2014 - 01:02

    Maybe you guys should get to know a person before ya go bashing him personally know him and can say the guy musta done something pretty bad to his daughter to have this happen and if you guys had daughters youd probally do it too so stop bashing

    • WTF?? Really
      May 22, 2014 - 14:01

      So what you're saying Lucas if that happened to your daughter you would do the same as Jeremy did,because its all about protecting your child, so with that said you would be alright with it if the victims father came and did the same to you after all he is protecting HIS child... Furthermore if he was so concerned about his daughters well being why did he leave her there after the assault and offer to buy tickets for both of them to leave together

  • Concerned.
    May 18, 2014 - 19:19

    The man should be put away for along time he has other assults and charges and doesn't seem to be learning anything 34years old I mean grow up can the court not see this man is not going to change and needs to be in jail assult and making people not feel safe in there homes and they wonder why people think the courts don't help

  • don
    May 18, 2014 - 12:40

    remember the laws are wrote to protect the guilty not the innocent.

    • How?
      May 19, 2014 - 07:11

      How have the laws changed don? Remember when people wouldn't ask stupid questions in public?

  • Rod
    May 17, 2014 - 23:22

    This is clearly a home invation. If we can't feel safe in our own homes, where can we feel safe! Obviously this guy has no regards for the law. Repeat offender, time for him to serve federal time. I believe we should have a three strike policy like they do in some states. Three serious or violent crimes, and you should go away for life. And if someone breaks into your home to do you harm, you should be able to take what ever actions necessary to protect yourself. No questions asked.

    • Now from away
      May 23, 2014 - 15:46

      Ha safe?! P.E.I is the safest province in Canada! C'mon islanders mind your own business. This kind if malarkey is the norm in other provinces. Those who are not in, or personally know the entire situation/ circumstance should just stay mute.

  • Billy Bob
    May 17, 2014 - 20:56

    Hitting someone on the let is a serious crome.

  • SpellChecker
    May 17, 2014 - 19:38

    "Jeremy John Marshall, 34, of Warren Grove kicked open front door of home on Mount Edward Road, hit victim on let and knee with bat".... Stellar grammar!