Jarred Dingwell jailed for offences that included bringing concealed pellet gun to Charlottetown Mall

Dingwell, 21, sentenced for several crimes then taken to another courtroom to answer more charges

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on February 27, 2014
Prince Edward Island provincial court
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A Charlottetown man who was caught with a concealed pellet gun at a mall will be going to jail after he was sentenced Wednesday to serve 120 days for several crimes.

Jarred Scott Dingwell, 21, appeared before Chief Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown after previously pleading guilty to several charges that included carrying a concealed weapon, possession of stolen property, fraud and uttering forged documents.

The court heard that in July, Dingwell stole cheques from a truck, wrote several to himself and deposited them in his own bank account. In total he stole $2,450.

On Aug. 13, a man who lived on St. Peters Road reported to police that he returned home to find his door forced open and several items stolen, including a $2,000 television. Dingwell sold the television at a pawn shop for $175.

Later that month, Dingwell got in a fight at a motel on University Avenue, during which he pulled out a can of bear mace and sprayed his opponent.

Then in September, Dingwell went to the Charlottetown Mall where he was trying on jeans in a store when one of the employees saw a black handgun and a collapsible baton in the change room with him when he opened the door.

The employee called security and after following him through the mall security called 911.

When the police arrived, they found Dingwell was carrying a concealed pellet gun and the baton. Dingwell also had a pill bottle that contained magic mushrooms.

During an earlier court appearance, Dingwell’s lawyer had requested a pre-sentence report, but after numerous attempts by probation services to complete it, he only took part in one interview and the report wasn’t finished.

On Wednesday, defence lawyer Thane MacEachern told the court it was unfortunate the pre-sentence report wasn’t finished because he thought having information about Dingwell’s family background would have been useful.

Dingwell’s brother, Dylan, was sentenced in 2012 to 5 ½ years in prison after he shot and killed their other brother, Kyle.

In handing down a sentence, Douglas said that without the pre-sentence report he didn’t have a lot to go on. He then gave Jarred a suspended sentence with 18 months of probation for using the stolen cheques.

Douglas also sentenced him to 45 days in jail for possession of the stolen television, 30 days for possession of the bear spray and 45 days for carrying a concealed weapon, all to be served consecutively.

For possessing the magic mushrooms, Douglas ordered Jarred to pay a $200 fine. He also ordered him to pay $2,450 in restitution for the stolen money and $200 in victim surcharges.

The sentencing was Jarred’s first of two court appearances Wednesday. After it was finished, he was brought into a neighbouring courtroom in handcuffs and shackles where he appeared before Judge Nancy Orr over his alleged involvement in the Operation Clean Sweep drug investigation. That case was adjourned until March 26.