Norfolk County man deserves sentencing break due to ‘hellhole’ jail: Judge

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12 January 2018 17:53:45 Home Stories

A Norfolk County man who stole a small arsenal of firearms from a Simcoe-area building got a break in the jail sentence due to the living conditions behind bars. Full article on Norfolk County man deserves sentencing break due to ‘hellhole’ jail: Judge

Vice Alle News Time12 January 2018 17:53:45


Norfolk County man killed in crash on Hwy. 24

0.83086944 19 January 2017 18:48:32 Home Stories

A Norfolk County man was killed in a single vehicle accident on Wednesday night.

Vice Alle News Time19 January 2017 18:48:32

Man sentenced to jail for not paying workers

0.7046696 12 August 2016 22:48:15 Brampton-News (from

Employer sentenced to one day in jail for failing to pay employees $30K

Vice null Time12 August 2016 22:48:15

Oxford and Norfolk counties grieve loss of Tillsonburg man struck and killed by lightning

0.7046696 02 August 2016 00:32:28 Home Stories

The death of a 52-year-old Tillsonburg man who was struck and killed by lightning is sending ripples of grief through communities in southwestern Ontario.

Vice Alle News Time02 August 2016 00:32:28

Judge was wrong to sentence drunk driver to weekend jail, appeal court rules

0.58722466 10 March 2016 18:35:01 Ottawa Citizen - News

An Ottawa judge whose creative sentence allowed a drunk driver to save his job by serving his jail time on weekends has had her decision overturned by the Ontario Court of Appeal. The sentence of Ontario Court Justice Ann Alder was not only improper, it was also too short, according to the panel of three appeal court judges. They tripled the length of the sentence for 21-year-old David Clouthier from five months to 15 and ordered him to turn himself in within three days to begin serving what's left of his sentence. Clouthier caused three crashes in less than 15 minutes and raced through residential neighbourhoods at speeds of up to 130 km/h after a night of drinking in June 2013. Clouthier was driving home when he rear-ended one vehicle, backed up and fled from the crash by driving over a median. He then rear-ended a second vehicle before again fleeing, this time stepping on the gas pedal and hitting speeds of between 100 and 130 km/h before smashing head-on into a third vehicle, hurting a back seat passenger so severely that they needed emergency surgery for their internal injuries. Clouthier tried to climb out the window of his damaged truck and run away following the third crash, but witnesses grabbed and held him until police arrived. His blood alcohol level was later determined to be between 100 and 150 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit to drive is 80. Clouthier pleaded guilty to impaired driving and dangerous driving causing bodily harm and two counts of failing to stop at the scene of an accident. When it came time to sentence Clouthier, Justice Alder offered him the choice of serving his five month sentence all at once or on weekends. Clouthier chose the weekend sentence, which typically involves an offender showing up at the jail on a Friday evening and being released early on Monday morning. Alder sentenced him first to 90 days in jail that he could serve on weekends last April. After he served that sentence, he reappeared before the judge in August to receive a further 60 days he could serve on weekends. The two separate sentencing dates were necessary since the section of the Criminal Code governing weekend jail sentences says they can't exceed 90 days. Alder had a reason to consider the weekend sentence – Clouthier was a first-time offender with a drug and alcohol problem and poor impulse control, but he was remorseful, had completed a rehabilitation program at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, volunteered in the community and landed a full-time job. Despite Clouthier's effort to rehabilitate himself, the court of appeal found that Alder's sentence circumvented the rules. "The singular purpose of the postponement here – to circumvent the restrictions imposed on the length of an intermittent sentence by s. 732(1) – was improper and amounted to the exercise of judicial discretion for an illegal purpose," the appeal court found. The sentence was also too lenient, according to the appeal court judges. The original five-month sentence "fails to reflect in any meaningful way the predominant sentencing objectives of general deterrence, denunciation, and protection of the public," the appeal court found. "These were serious offences that demonstrated a complete disregard for the lives and safety of others lawfully using the streets of an urban area on a summer evening," said the appeal court. "Repeated flights from the scenes of the accidents displayed a callous indifference to fellow motorists." The appeal court found that Clouthier should serve a further nine months in jail. Following the completion of his sentence, Clouthier will remain on probation for a year. His driver's license has also been suspended for five years.

Vice null Time10 March 2016 18:35:01

Woman killed, man injured in Norfolk County crash

0.56183076 04 March 2016 17:39:41 Halton-News (from

NORFOLK COUNTY, Ont. — Provincial police are investigating a fatal crash in Norfolk County.

Vice null Time04 March 2016 17:39:41

Delusional man sentenced for jail visit

0.54779726 03 November 2015 08:47:35 The StarPhoenix - News

A man with mental health issues who went to the Saskatoon jail armed with a power bar shaped like a gun was in the grip of delusions that told him he needed to save the people there.

Vice Alle News Time03 November 2015 08:47:35

Judge gives defendant a break during sentencing

0.53533065 08 October 2015 23:44:29 Home Stories

Facing some time in jail, a Sarnia-area woman received a surprise twist during sentencing in a Chatham court on Thursday.

Vice Alle News Time08 October 2015 23:44:29

Mystery dognappings hit Norfolk County

0.53533065 18 August 2015 23:53:31 Halton-News (from

Three thefts linked by one vehicle, police say

Vice null Time18 August 2015 23:53:31

Two dead in Norfolk County crash

0.48708692 07 August 2015 09:40:06 Durham Region-News (from

Crash in Norfolk County leaves 2 dead

Vice null Time07 August 2015 09:40:06

Two dead in Norfolk County crash

0.48708692 07 August 2015 05:28:43 Halton-News (from

Motorcycle driver and truck passenger killed

Vice null Time07 August 2015 05:28:43