Sentence adjourned while mother makes arrangements for children

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on June 4, 2014
Prince Edward Island provincial court
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Driving while she wasn’t supposed to and drinking before she showed up to serve a jail sentence will land an Island woman more time in the Provincial Correctional Centre.

But before she found out how much time she will be spending in jail, Amber Ann MacPhail, 37, asked for time so she could make arrangements for her children.

MacPhail appeared before provincial court Judge Nancy Orr in Charlottetown Monday where she pleaded guilty to two probation breaches and driving while disqualified from doing so.

On March 25, MacPhail was arrested for driving while disqualified and it was her fourth conviction for the same offence since she was convicted of drunk driving in 2012.

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On April 4, MacPhail was still serving a 60-day sentence on weekends and when she arrived at the jail she was one hour late, smelled like alcohol, had slurred speech and was unsteady on her feet.

When she went back for her weekend starting May 2, guards noticed the smell of alcohol on her breath and they later found her yelling in her cell where she appeared to be having a seizure. Both times she gave urine samples that showed she had been drinking, which was in breach of her probation.

During Monday’s court appearance, Crown attorney Gerald Quinn said MacPhail should get jail time in order to send a message.

“Certainly not on an intermittent basis, otherwise she’s bound to screw it up,” he said.

MacPhail’s lawyer, Nathan Beck, asked for an adjournment so his client could make arrangements for her children.

Orr adjourned the case until June 9 sentencing and warned MacPhail she wouldn’t be serving her sentence on weekends.