Judge says trial ‘one of the most aggravating cases’ ever

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Chief provincial court judge Nancy Orr.

Lisa Dawn Vessey gets 15-day jail term in relationship disputes with many twists, turns

GEORGETOWN – A nurse who broke probation to meet a former companion in a secluded spot – only to be discovered by conservation officers – was sentenced to jail in provincial court recently.

Lisa Dawn Vessey was handed the 15-day jail term after pleading guilty to the charge of “abetting”, despite protests from her lawyer that she had been a victim in a case that has been full of twists and turns for the past year.

“This is one of the most aggravating cases I’ve ever seen,’’ said Chief Judge Nancy Orr, who was less than sympathic to the accused.

Orr pointed out a number of times when the alleged victim had called police about situations involving a man she had been in a relationship with and then disappeared when they arrived.

Crown prosecutor Nathan Beck said Vessey was charged last Oct. 28 when she had contact and broke a probation order not to see a man who has since been sentenced to jail for a number of charges.

“She was in a relationship with this individual, and it has been an ongoing issue since 2014,’’ said Beck.

Court was told the man was out of jail at the time and despite the stay away order, the pair agreed to meet at the Mellish Pond dam in New Perth, near Pooles Corner.

“She was aware of the outcome of the meeting should she be discovered,’’ insisted Beck.

And she was discovered.

The woman and her companion were discovered when two conservation officers, who had spotted two cars parked at the end of the road, decided to make a check stop and found a blanket spread on the ground.

“The woman was found hiding in the woods, and the officers were told by the man they were just having coffee,’’ said Beck.

The accused eventually came out of the woods, and both displayed nervous behaviour. That led the conservation officers to contact police.

“She was a victim in all of this,’’ said defense lawyer Brendan Hubley. “She was sympathetic (to him) and regrets her actions.”

Court was told Vessey had been the victim of assault, a break and enter and probation breaches during earlier encounters with the individual.

“She’s called police and then hasn’t co-operated,’’ said Orr in her recollections of past court appearances involving the man who was eventually jailed for four months.

Orr pointed out other occasions in which Vessey helped the man breach probation and was a factor in some of the charges being laid, such as assault and property damage.

“The police are not a babysitting service,’’ she said.

To ensure she could maintain employment, Orr sentenced Vessey according to her hospital shift work schedule. She will serve the 15 days of jail time on her days off over the next two months.

She was also handed 12 months of probation and ordered to perform 30 hours of community service.

Geographic location: GEORGETOWN, New Perth

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Recent comments

  • country boy
    February 28, 2016 - 16:01

    This case is not that unusual. That is the exact reason police have a difficult time processing assault cases in domestic situations. It's much easier to blame police than to speak the truth on why so many of these cases never see the light of day in court. The victim's don't want to testify so long after the assault because they are back now with the accused partner.

  • same story
    February 28, 2016 - 14:23

    Islander you must be drunk. That is one of the most confusing comments I have ever read and .......

  • Joe Doe
    February 28, 2016 - 12:59


  • James
    February 28, 2016 - 10:42

    Ane you have a great day sunshine. People have a right to their opinion. MAybe you want to give us yours instead of mouthing off

  • ....
    February 28, 2016 - 08:52

    Does every one pei have nothing better to do then comment on stuff? Like really if you don't know the full thing on stories don't have the right to comment so yas all can shut your mouths

  • enough already
    February 28, 2016 - 08:41

    Is this woman stable enough to be caring for other people?

  • You
    February 28, 2016 - 01:30

    Prison is torture. Period.

  • Islander
    February 27, 2016 - 19:52

    What is hell does her employement have to do with this mess. How can she still be an active nurse caring for patients with this state of mind. Alot of good hard working caring nurses are not hired for various reasons and to see this one acting as such and get to keep her job after weekends in jail is redicuous

  • John K. G. Roberts
    February 27, 2016 - 16:56

    No babysitting by the courts around here. Just millions of dollars maybe. No, actually there are often lots and lots of babysitters stepping in. You know where you hit and then where you conduct professional misconduct. Oh no, sorry, laugh it off as those cute kids.