| Posted: Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 06:00 am
Woman escapes jail time for juice tampering
A St. Albert woman was handed a one-year suspended sentence Monday in St. Albert Provincial Court for tampering with her roommate’s juice.
Nicefora Papolonias, 40, obtained two samples of urine from a friend with Hepatitis C and placed it in her roommate’s beverage some time in April, said Crown prosecutor Patricia Hankinson.
Her lawyer noted that individuals cannot get Hepatitis C by drinking urine, as blood-to-blood contact is needed.
She said Papolonias, who immigrated to Canada from the Philippines six years ago, was under a great deal of stress at the time of the incident and had no prior record.
“She informs me she was getting very little sleep at the time,” she said.
Papolonias works at the Youville and Citadel care centres as a health-care aide.
She was initially charged with administering a noxious substance, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of mischief.
Her conditions require her to keep the peace and be of good behaviour as well as take counselling as directed by a probation officer, specifically relating to mental health.
90-day jail term
One man will spend his weekends behind bars at the Edmonton Remand Centre for an early-morning run-in with police.
Jonathan Roy Kublik, 34, was sentenced to 90 days in jail, to be served on weekends, for possession of property obtained by crime, possession of a controlled substance and breach of release conditions.
On Sept. 2, about 4:30 a.m., a woman called police reporting that her husband was chasing a man on foot, after finding him in their vehicle.
When he was apprehended, the man was found in possession of marijuana, along with a lottery ticket obtained from the vehicle.
Crown prosecutor John Donahoe was asking for three to four months behind bars while defence attorney Traci Overacker felt 60 to 90 days behind bars served on weekends was appropriate.
Kublik was given credit for time served, as he has been in custody since Sept. 3.
Remaining charges of mischief and breach of conditions were withdrawn by the crown.
Fines issued for violent act
A St. Albert man who jumped a “friend” this summer was handed a series of fines for breaking the man’s jaw.
Shane Allan Kemps was handed $1,150 in fines and will spend the next 18 months on probation after he pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm and failure to comply with release conditions.
The 19-year-old man was driving along Alpine Boulevard on June 24 when the vehicle he was riding in pulled up beside an individual who previously pulled a prank on one of Kemps’ friends.
An argument ensued and the victim suffered serious injuries.
“His jaw was broken as a result of that,” Donahoe said. “He was bleeding from the mouth.”
Defence attorney Kiranjit Janda said her client realizes he did something stupid, adding he considered the victim his friend.
Judge Charles Gardner cautioned Kemps that he could have faced serious jail time, adding he now has a significant record for a 19-year-old.
“You have to view this as your last chance to get your life together,” he said.
He was handed a $575 fine for each charge and is on probation for 18 months. He was ordered to pay $951.80 in restitution as well as have no contact with the victim.
Two remaining charges for failing to comply with release conditions were withdrawn by Donahoe.
Jail time for alcohol consumption
Peter James Learn will spend the next month behind bars after failing to comply with his release conditions requiring him to abstain from alcohol.
Learn, 33, was found banging on a door at 6:40 p.m. on Sept. 9 while intoxicated, which was in violation of a pair of recognizance orders.
“He’s got some problems with alcohol,” his lawyer said.
Hankinson said Learn has an “extensive” record at five pages, adding 20 charges are for failing to comply with release conditions. He has faced probation and up to 30 days in jail for these charges.
He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and had nothing to say when asked by Gardner.
Hankinson withdrew two remaining charges for failing to comply with release conditions.
Uttering threats nets 90-day sentence
Ryan Patrick Muir, 31, will spend the next 35 days behind bars at the Edmonton Remand Centre for uttering death threats and obstructing a police officer.
On July 18, a woman called RCMP saying that during a brief discussion with Muir he threatened to kill her. She said she felt he had the means to kill her, Donahoe said.
Several months prior, on Nov. 9, Muir was stopped by police and impersonated his brother, providing his name instead.
Muir was handed 45 days in jail for each charge. He has been in custody since July 18 and was given credit for time served, leaving 35 days to serve.
“He’s not a stranger to being incarcerated for criminal code (convictions),” Donahoe said, adding he has served several lengthy prison terms for a range of charges.
Muir appeared via closed-circuit television and declined to comment when given the chance.
Donahoe withdrew three remaining charges for intent to avoid arrest and two charges of failing to comply with release conditions.
Probation for horseplay
Michael James Barry was ordered to pay $1779.29 in restitution for damages he caused to a vehicle while shooting fireworks on a roadway.
On April 11 at 10:19 p.m., RCMP received a complaint about a group of “kids” shooting fireworks towards vehicles. When police responded, they found an open box of fireworks near a parked vehicle.
“My client realizes now … how stupid this was,” said defence counsel Rory Ziv.
Barry, 22, was handed a conditional discharge with one year probation for mischief.