A Cox’s Cove man who attacked a family friend and assaulted a young relative was given house arrest Thursday.
Judge Kymil Howe sentenced Trent Stanley Saunders to 60 days imprisonment in relation to an assault with a weapon charge that resulted from beating a man with a two-by-four. He received an additional 14 days imprisonment for the assault against a 14-year-old family member.
Saunders had no criminal record. The judge said the matter stemmed from a family dispute, so she feels he is not at a violent risk within the community. However, she said it is important to denounce violence — especially as a way to settle family disputes.
Howe said the assault happened because Saunders had a “bone to pick” with the victim in relation to another incident and wanted to “make him pay.” The victim did not provide an impact statement, telling the court he was able to “look after himself.” However, the youth victim told the court his relationship has changed with certain family members as a result.
Saunders must remain in his home for the 74 days with exceptions for such things as medical, work, an allotted time for exercise or personal necessities, is not permitted to have or use drugs and alcohol, possess any weapons or firearms and have no contact with either of the victims. He must also participate in any programs or counselling as suggested by his supervisor, especially with respect to anger management or control.
He is also subject to two years probation, a mandatory DNA order, and a three-year weapons and firearms prohibition.
Howe wished Saunders luck, and said she hoped it would be the last time he is in court. She also said he should find a better method to resolve disputes within family.