Sentence suspended for damage to property

Published on February 26, 2016

Sentence suspended for damage to property

A Grand Tracadie man who called the police to help deal with an argument between himself and his then-girlfriend got a suspended sentence recently in provincial court.

Jesse James Andrews, 28, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in Charlottetown recently where he pleaded guilty to breaking his former girlfriend's cellphone and a window on her vehicle.

The court heard Andrews called the RCMP on Dec. 14, 2015, because he and his then-girlfriend got into an argument that led to a physical altercation between them both.

Andrews was outside when the RCMP arrived.

The police found damage inside the home, but the court heard it was hard to say who damaged what.

Andrews admitted he broke the phone and window.

He told the court that throughout the whole matter he did what he could to get help from the law.

Andrews said he has since been getting anger management counselling and wanted to deal with the matter.

"It's been a pretty rough couple of months," he said.

Along with fixing the window, Andrews said he repaired a problem with the woman's vehicle so she wouldn't be stranded without one.

In handing down a sentence, Orr said Andrews did a number of things right and the fact he looked for help to resolve the matter was to his credit.

Orr gave Andrews a suspended sentence with one year of probation, during which time he is to have no contact with the victim.

Andrews also must pay a $100 victim surcharge.