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CORNER BROOK A young Corner Brook man was handed a suspended sentence and a year of probation after smashing out a window in his ex-girlfriendâ€™s place during a feud between the two.
Provincial court Judge Wayne Gorman decided it was an appropriate sentence for 22-year-old Jared Griffin, despite having previously imposed a conditional discharge and 18 months probation to the same man in 2011.
The judge stated in a written decision that the response to community supervision following the previous sentence was poor â€” that he reported to his supervisor irregularly and did not repay the court-ordered compensation related to three counts of fraud and a single count of uttering forged documents.
Gorman said Griffin entered guilty pleas to the charge of mischief and a breach of undertaking in relation to the February incident from last year. He was cooperative during the pre-sentence report and showed remorse. He had damaged a window with his elbow, in the amount of $136.50, for which he paid for repairs a couple of days later.
At the time, he was bound by an undertaking in relation to charges from July 2012, which were later withdrawn.
Crown attorney Matthew Kennedy had suggested a jail term of between seven and 14 days. Duty council Jamie Luscombe asked for a conditional discharge or suspended sentence with probation.
Gorman said imposing a discharge would be in Griffinâ€™s best interest, but would be contrary to public interest given his prior convictions. The judge said the Crownâ€™s submission was reasonable, but, considering his age and limited prior convictions, the suspended sentence satisfies the principles of the Criminal Code.
Griffin cannot have contact with his ex-girlfriend and must attend all counseling or treatment arranged by his probation officer.