Sentence delayed for new father

Ryan Ross
Published on March 6, 2016
Scales of justice

Richard Thomas Lawlor to start serving jail time after baby is born

A man who is going to jail for breaching his probation was recently given time to start serving his sentence after the birth of his child.

Richard Thomas Lawlor, 27, appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown recently where he entered a guilty plea.

Lawlor went on probation in November with a condition that included having no contact with the mother of his child unless he had approval from his probation officer.

He violated that condition.

Lawlor told the court he had a child on the way with the woman and had permission to be at the birth.

The court heard he had a lengthy criminal record, and Lawlor said he has failed repeatedly.

"I'm not about to fail at being a father," he said.

Douglas sentenced Lawlor to 15 days in jail to be served intermittently starting March 25 so he could be at the birth, if his probation officer consented.

Lawlor will be on probation for one year with a condition he stay away from the woman unless he has permission.

Along with the jail time Douglas ordered Lawlor to pay a $100 victim surcharge.