Spitting in woman’s face, kicking in door lands man jail time

Published on July 28, 2014

Prince Edward Island provincial court

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A Charlottetown man who spit in a woman’s face and kicked in the door of the home she was in has been sentenced to serve more than a year in jail.

Jeffrey D. Wolters appeared before Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court last week after previously pleading guilty to break and enter, and assault.

Orr sentenced Wolters to a total of 18 months in jail, minus 123 days she credited for time served while his case was before the courts.

The court heard that on June 16, Wolters spat in the woman’s face after the two had an argument.

Later that day he went back to confront the woman and kicked in the door while there were two children inside the home.

Crown attorney Jeff MacDonald told the court the potential for danger and violence was high because Wolters had been drinking that day.

Although the assault was considered to be on the lower end of the scale, break and enter is considered to be one of the most serious crimes, MacDonald said.

The Crown sought a sentence of two years less a day.

Defence lawyer Thane MacEachern said Wolters understood the fear his actions caused and he wasn’t proud of his actions.

In handing down a sentence, Orr said it was a serious matter and the maximum possible sentence for break and enter is life in prison.

Orr said it was fortunate the situation wasn’t worse.

“Certainly it was bad enough,” she said.

Along with the jail time, Wolters will be on probation for two years after his release during which time he is to have no contact with the victim unless he has written permission from his probation officer.

Wolters must also write an apology letter and provide a DNA sample for the national databank.

Orr ordered Wolters to pay $400 in victim surcharges.

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