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Judge finds P.E.I. man wasn’t a credible witness when he testified in his own defence

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A Kelly’s Cross man who was with someone who sprayed a fire extinguisher inside a Canoe Cove cottage causing almost $5,000 in damage was found guilty recently of break and enter.

Dustin Drew Gallant, 21, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown for a trial after he previously pleaded not guilty.

During the trial, the court heard from two witnesses who testified they were in a car with Gallant and Dominic John David Walker a few days after Christmas.

Both witnesses testified that they saw Walker and Gallant enter the cottage.

Walker took responsibility for spraying the fire extinguisher and is serving a sentence of two years less a day in jail for several offences, including those related to the break-in.

The cottage owner was seeking $4,851.93 for damage caused during the break-in, of which Walker was previously ordered to pay half.

Gallant testified in his own defence and denied having any role in the break-in, saying he wasn’t even there.

He suggested the two witnesses might have been trying to get back at him because he had befriended someone who was the girlfriend of another person they knew.

In finding Gallant guilty, Orr said she didn’t find him to be a very credible witness.

Gallant will be back in court July 25 for sentencing.

Ryan.ross@theguardian.pe.ca

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