Progress on addiction will determine woman’s sentence

Staff ~ The Guardian
Published on July 8, 2014
Mount Herbert addictions treatment centre
Guardian photo

Sentence has been adjourned until Sept. 2 in the case of a Charlottetown woman who stole a wallet from her addictions counsellor during an appointment at the Provincial Addictions Treatment Facility in Mount Herbert.

Angela Dawn Knox will be sentenced at the same time on a charge of theft from the Atlantic Superstore.

Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas said Monday the sentence he imposes at that time will depend in large measure on how Knox conducts herself during the next two months.

The court was told that Knox was at the treatment facility to meet with her counsellor and was left alone very briefly while her counsellor went to another room to get a coffee.

When she stepped out, Knox latched onto her purse, removed her wallet and put her purse back.

After Knox left the facility, her counsellor noticed her wallet was gone. She called Knox and asked if she knew anything about her wallet.

Knox lied to her, saying she did not know anything about it. After leaving the facility and helping herself to the contents of the wallet, Knox threw the wallet into the street.

The wallet contained a small amount of cash, a debit card and a number of gift cards and discount cards, as well as personal documents and identification.

At the Atlantic Superstore, Knox put just over $50 worth of products from various departments in her purse and proceeded to the checkout where she paid only for a large bottle of pop.

When she was approached by a loss prevention officer she ran. The loss prevention officer was in pursuit of Knox when the police arrived and took her into custody.

A pre-sentence report prepared on the accused indicated she has a history of addictions issues but has been making progress of late.

Douglas wants to see if she can continue to make progress in dealing with the issues that have impacted her life.

Speaking through her defence counsel, Knox expressed remorse for her actions, apologized to the victims and vowed to continue efforts to get her life back on track.