Second arrest in senior's drugging case on P.E.I.

Published on March 22, 2016


Youth charged for delivering sedative-laced coffee to 82-year-old man prior to robbery

ALBERTON – West Prince RCMP has charged another person in the case of an elderly man who was drugged then robbed this past December.

The police force said in a report Tuesday that it has charged a youth in relation to the incident.

"The investigation that ensued after the offence has revealed that the victim, an elderly man, was administered a noxious substance before having a substantial amount of cash stolen by the thieves," said the report.

On Feb. 2 this year a second culprit in the crime pleaded guilty to a number of changes arising from the drugging and is now serving two years less one day in jail.

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Allan Joseph Gallant, 45, of Alberton told police he gave a sedative-laced coffee to a then 14-year-old youth, telling the boy to deliver it to the victim.

The victim told police he remembers collapsing after drinking the coffee, but was coherent enough to see Gallant enter the room and take his wallet out of his back pocket. It contained $800 as well as the victim’s identification and credit cards.

“The facts are pretty bad,” said judge Jeff Lantz during the February sentencing hearing in Summerside.  

“(Gallant) may have been in the throes of addictions, but that’s not an excuse," Lantz said at that time. "I’ve read the victim impact statement and (the incident) certainly has had a profound impact on (the victim), his health, his mental well being.

“It’s not something a man in his 80s should have to be dealing with.”

"West Prince RCMP conducted a thorough investigation and is confident that these two individuals are solely responsible for the crime and would like to thank members of the community for their assistance in providing information," said the RCMP report issued Tuesday.

The youth charged in this matter will appear in provincial court in the coming weeks, the report says.