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Richard Thomas Lawlor to start serving jail time after baby is born

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A man who is going to jail for breaching his probation was recently given time to start serving his sentence after the birth of his child.

Richard Thomas Lawlor, 27, appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown recently where he entered a guilty plea.

Lawlor went on probation in November with a condition that included having no contact with the mother of his child unless he had approval from his probation officer.

He violated that condition.

Lawlor told the court he had a child on the way with the woman and had permission to be at the birth.

The court heard he had a lengthy criminal record, and Lawlor said he has failed repeatedly.

"I'm not about to fail at being a father," he said.

Douglas sentenced Lawlor to 15 days in jail to be served intermittently starting March 25 so he could be at the birth, if his probation officer consented.

Lawlor will be on probation for one year with a condition he stay away from the woman unless he has permission.

Along with the jail time Douglas ordered Lawlor to pay a $100 victim surcharge.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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Recent comments

  • Ally
    March 07, 2016 - 20:29

    She must be proud of her baby daddy!

  • OMG
    March 07, 2016 - 15:23

    Why do the courts keep making exceptins for criminals? I mean the whole point of the criminal justice system is to punish criminal and to make them think twice about doing it again. Yet time and time again they make ridiculous exceptions. This would be like if I told my son that he was grounded but hey lets wait till after you go to your fun concert. Where is the lesson?

  • Joe Doe
    March 06, 2016 - 23:43


  • ridiculous
    March 06, 2016 - 11:31

    A length criminal record ..and already not allowed to even see the mother of the child . Trust me you will fail at being a father in everyway ..a lot of men say "They won't fail as a father " that's why there so many mixed up situations that there is with today's youth .. To be a good father you should have insight into your self and say the child be better off without you Co parenting .. Sounds like another high risk family unit ..and I hope the recommendations of a child advocate are in place 227

    • some people
      March 07, 2016 - 11:39

      Ridiculous do you personally know this father? I do and I know how excited he was after his child's birth and how badly he wants to be a good father . Yes he may have done wrong in the past but everyone deserves a chance to get life right and support not calling him down is what he needs . I wish him the best of luck and I do hope this child will change his life .