Court Briefs


A St. Albert man who was clocked going 265 kilometres an hour on his motorcycle in 2012 has been handed a $2,500 fine.

Paul Bennett, 34, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving in an Edmonton court Thursday.

On May 1, 2012, Bennett was stopped by an unmarked police cruiser on Anthony Henday Drive near the interchange with Campbell Road. The posted speed limit on the freeway is 100 kilometres per hour.

Bennett was also handed a one-year driving prohibition.

A Whitecourt man will spend the next two months in jail after he drove away from police and into a road sign.

Christopher Taylor appeared in St. Albert court Monday via closed-circuit television from the Edmonton Remand Centre and pleaded guilty to evading police, possession of break-in instruments, possession of stolen property, property mischief and failure to comply with the conditions of his undertaking.

Just after midnight on Oct. 23, 2013, an unmarked Edmonton Police Service cruiser followed a man driving a white Ford F-350 from Edmonton to a residence in St. Albert. The officer discovered that the licence plate had been stolen off another vehicle and found that the pickup’s front passenger side door lock was missing.

About one hour later, two men – one who was later identified as Taylor – got into the truck and left the home, travelling down Heritage Lane to Hawthorne Crescent, reaching a dead end. In an attempt to escape from police, Taylor plowed into a yield sign and continued driving.

With the help of Edmonton’s Air One police helicopter, police tracked the vehicle to Grandin Village. After a short foot pursuit, officers arrested both men.

Police found screwdrivers, pliers, vice grips and other break-in tools on Taylor.

Court heard the 20-year-old was released on a recognizance in August 2013 with an undertaking to not possess any break-in tools or be in a vehicle without the registered owner.

Taylor has been homeless living in Edmonton for the past year. He was picked up by police on Dec. 21 for other charges. He has no prior criminal record.

He was handed a 90-day jail sentence with 18 months probation, under which time he is not allowed to be in a vehicle without the registered owner. He will also have to pay for the road sign he ran over.

A Legal woman will have to pay $1,000 in addition to paying back the money she stole from her employer to pay her gambling debt.

Tracey Lynne Esson appeared in St. Albert court Monday and pleaded guilty to theft under 5,000.

Four to five months into her job as a cashier at the Walmart Supercentre in St. Albert, Esson snatched $1,479.28 from her till on June 25, 2013.

“You don’t seem to understand how the money trickled out of the cash register into your thieving little hands,” said Judge Norman Mackie after the 49-year-old admitted that she did not recollect pilfering money from her till.

“I was just in a really bad place in my mind,” said Esson.

Esson has since lost her job at Walmart. She has no prior criminal record and has been attending Gamblers Anonymous meetings.

The Legal woman has already paid back the amount she stole from Walmart, but was handed an additional $1,000 fine and one-year probation.


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