Career criminal must wear electronic monitoring device on house arrest

Hartley Allen Coleman, 42, appeared before Judge John Douglas

Ryan Ross
Published on March 18, 2016
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A man who said he knows he has been in trouble with the law all his life will wear an electronic monitoring device while he serves nine months of house arrest.

Hartley Allen Coleman, 42, appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown on March 11 for sentencing on 13 charges.

Coleman previously pleaded guilty to the offences, but before he was sentenced his lawyer argued for house arrest with electronic monitoring.

The 13 charges consisted of several thefts, probation breaches, failures to appear in court and one count of assault.

Before Douglas could consider house arrest, Coleman, who has been in custody for 53 days, needed to find somewhere to live because he did not have a residence.

Coleman’s probation officer gave the court an update and said the person Coleman would live with while on house arrest is on probation.

The probation officer said it has been difficult to supervise Coleman who has spent little time in the community over the last four years because he has been in custody a lot of that time.

The court also heard Coleman is barred from a methadone clinic after an incident there.

Crown attorney Nathan Beck opposed house arrest and said he didn’t think it would be appropriate given the circumstances, including Coleman’s criminal record.

Coleman addressed the court before hearing his sentence, saying he knew he had been in trouble all his life and deserved to go to jail a lot of the time.

He had never asked for anything like the sentence he was looking for in this case, Coleman said.

“You’ll know my every move.”

Douglas said on its face house arrest with electronic monitoring didn’t appear to be appropriate, but it had never been tried with Coleman.

In this case, Douglas said the offences were on the lower end than in the past and he wanted to give Coleman a chance.

Along with the jail time, Douglas banned Coleman from the businesses he stole from and ordered him to pay a total of $420.22 in restitution and $2,100 in victim surcharges.

Coleman will be on probation for 18 months after completing his sentence.

Although Coleman said he has never held a job in his life, Douglas still ordered him to pay $2,100 in victim surcharges. The judge had no choice because it is mandatory.

With a low likelihood of Coleman being able to pay those surcharges, Douglas ordered them payable forthwith.

It’s a technique Douglas uses in some cases involving people who have no ability to pay the surcharges.

When Coleman didn’t pay the surcharges right away, Douglas added another 18 days to be served concurrent to the rest of his sentence.

Douglas judge still ordered him to pay $2,100 in victim surcharges.