Victim of assault in Charlottetown gets no jail time for drug possession

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on March 14, 2016

Trevor Acorn leaves provincial court in Charlotettown on Feb. 8 after testifying during the trial for one of the men accused of assaulting him.

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A Charlottetown man who was the victim of a beating that left him with metal plates in his head and a lost eye was given a suspended sentence Thursday for drug possession.

Trevor Dale Acorn, 43, appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty after he was caught with methamphetamine pills.

The court heard that on Dec. 13, 2015, Charlottetown police received a complaint of someone trying to get into a building.

When they arrived they arrested Acorn for public intoxication and found nine white methamphetamine pills with the word "ice" stamped on them.

Acorn's lawyer Jason Morais said his client was at the building trying to use its Wi-Fi.

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Morais said the incident came shortly after Acorn was the victim of a serious assault and he was using drugs and alcohol to cope with the pain.

Michael Robert Bryenton was sentenced Friday to 20 months in jail for his part in that assault.

Jeremy Joseph Cummiskey was also charged in connection with the assault and a judge will deliver a verdict in his case March 30.

The federal Crown and defence both recommended no jail time for Acorn and 12 months of probation.

Douglas agreed and also ordered Acorn to pay a $100 victim surcharge.

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