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P.E.I. man receives 90 days in jail for string of offences

Provincial Court of Prince Edward Island
Provincial Court of Prince Edward Island - SaltWire Network

GEORGETOWN, P.E.I. - A 30-year-old man who was at large for almost two years between arrests for disturbances he caused was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

Adam Gregory MacDonald recently appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Georgetown where he pleaded guilty to several charges including resisting arrest and interfering with the lawful enjoyment of property.

MacDonald previously pleaded guilty to assault, failing to attend court, damaging property and breaching an undertaking.

The court heard the RCMP were called to a residence in July 2016 to remove MacDonald, who was causing a disturbance and wouldn't leave.

Crown attorney Nathan Beck said when the police tried to put MacDonald in a cruiser he braced himself against the vehicle and struggled so they couldn’t get him inside.

He later failed to attend court on that matter.

Almost two years later, the police were called to a disturbance on Panmure Island on June 30 after getting a report MacDonald was in a residence smashing things.

MacDonald slapped one of the residents and was uncooperative with the police.

Beck said when the police were taking MacDonald to Montague he started coughing and told them he had swallowed a bag of cocaine. Paramedics later cleared MacDonald who had not swallowed drugs, Beck said.

On July 4, MacDonald breached an undertaking by going back to the residence where police found him hiding behind a door.

Defence lawyer Brendan Hubley told the court MacDonald had a previous diagnosis of bipolar disorder and all of the incidents could be attributed to his mental health issues.

Before hearing his sentence, MacDonald read a statement in which he apologized to the court, the assault victim and the officers who dealt with him.

MacDonald has been in custody since his arrest and Orr gave him credit of 54 days for time served.

He will be on probation for two years after his release.


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