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A man who pleaded guilty to assaulting a pregnant woman received an 18-month suspended sentence Monday in St. Albert Provincial Court.

Dustin Anthony Cameron, 32, pleaded guilty to assaulting the woman in mid- October during an argument about whether to carry the pregnancy to term.

Crown prosecutor John Donahoe told the court that Cameron twisted the woman’s arm behind her back during the scuffle at the intersection of Boudreau Road and Erin Ridge Road.

“I’m really very sorry for my actions and my behaviour,” Cameron said. “I’d like to become a better man than how I’ve been living.”

He has a related but dated record with the last entry in 2002, Donahoe said.

Defence lawyer Brad Leebody said drugs are the primary reason for his client’s criminal behaviour.

“There is a drug issue at play. He’s had a cocaine problem since his teens,” he said, adding Cameron has been clean for the last three months.

Cameron was ordered to abstain from drugs and alcohol, attend either Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous at least once per week, attend counselling as directed by a probation officer and have no contact with the complainant.

He was also ordered to provide a DNA sample to RCMP and pay a $100 victim fine surcharge.

Donahoe withdrew an additional charge for unlawful confinement.

A series of stupid choices leaves a local teenager with a criminal record and $2,150 in fines.

Dyllon Roy Manson, 19, also known as Dyllon Roy Oliver, pleaded guilty to stealing liquor and having a blood-alcohol content over the legal limit.

“For your age, you’ve obtained an unenviable set of circumstances,” Judge Bruce Garriock told Manson.

Donahoe told the court Manson started his criminal activity by stealing a bottle each of wine and vodka, valued at $44.98, last May.

At that time, he was ordered by police not to consume alcohol.

“(He was ordered not to consume) alcohol for stealing the alcohol,” Donahoe said.

Despite this order, Manson was found four months later driving someone else’s vehicle after consuming alcohol.

In September, he backed the vehicle up into a parked car and was found with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.120.

He was fined $1,150 for having a blood-alcohol concentration over the legal limit and is prohibited from driving for one year.

Manson received a $550 fine for stealing liquor, a $250 fine for failing to comply with an undertaking and a $200 fine for failing to attend court.

Donahoe withdrew the remaining charges for impaired operation of a motor vehicle, taking a motor vehicle without consent, failing to back up a vehicle in a safe manner and failing to comply with an undertaking.

Driving with no insurance has netted a substantial fine for a St. Albert man who reversed his vehicle into another.

Mark Lawless was fined $2,875 for driving with no insurance and ordered to pay $2,122 in restitution to the owner of the damaged vehicle.

Lawless was preparing to exit the Sobeys parking lot on St. Albert Trail on Aug. 30 when he put his vehicle into reverse, hitting the vehicle waiting behind him.

Crown prosecutor Michelle Doyle withdrew an additional charge for unlawful use of a licence plate.

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