Court Report

“Alcohol always causes trouble,” says Judge Paul

Slave Lake
Provincial Court
August 29, 2018
Judge G.W. Paul
presiding

Patricia Netowastenum appeared in Slave Lake Provincial Court via closed circuit TV to answer to a list of charges stemming from three separate incidents in Peerless Lake.

She pled guilty to mischief, breach of conditions and possession of a weapon.

On June 21, 2018 she was found to be in possession of alcohol in breach of the conditions of a previous release from custody.

On July 6, while intoxicated, she threw an object through a window in a Peerless Lake residence. Then on August 14 the RCMP was called to remove her from the residence of her cousin in Red Earth where she, again intoxicated, broke a window in the residence, brandished a knife and threatened bodily harm to all.

Netowastenum is 32 years old, single and has two children aged 11 and 8 who are taken care of by her mother. She owns her own home in Peerless Lake and has had issues with alcohol since around 16 years of age. This latest round of trouble follows a period of around four years when she apparently stayed relatively sober and out of trouble.

Defense counsel and the Crown offered a joint recommendation of 24 days in custody for the use of the knife in commission of her offences, with 24 days credit for time served.

They also recommended a years probation with requirements that she get treatment for her addiction issues.

Judge Paul agreed with their submission and sentenced Netowastenum to 24 days with 24 days credit for time served. He also ordered her probation, with the usual requirments of good behaviour, soberness, attendance at all court dates, to report to a probation officer in Red Earth by no later than September 4th and to abide by all orders from the parole officer regarding addiction treatment and counseling for the next year.

“Only you can address your issues with alcohol and addiction,” he told her. “The court can not do it for you, and it just gets worse from here.”

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After a minor quibble about whether it was copper wire or copper tubing he had attempted to load up and drive off with, Darryl Anderson pled guilty to a charge of theft under $5,000.
In any case, the misadventure cost him a $500 fine plus $100 victim surcharge.
He was given five months to pay it off.

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An Edmonton woman, Hanna Therese Carriere was up from the city to answer charges of assaulting a Peace Officer, mischief causing damage and failure to appear at a court date.

On October 6, 2017, Carriere was seen by RCMP officers out in public behaving erratically.

On contacting Carriere, officers found her to be hostile and erratic in her actions and took her to the Detachment, during which she struggled and even spat in the eyes of one of the Peace Officers.

Carriere agreed that this was the way it happened, and was offered a year’s probation with a conditional discharge.

Carriere is undergoing treatment for a mental disorder, so Judge Paul ordered the usual keep the peace, good behavior instructions. He then ordered her to follow her physician’s treatment program with strict adherence to any prescribed medication regime.

He further ordered that she may not choose to refuse to follow treatment recommendations or medication regimes given by her present or future medical physician or she would be considered in breach of conditions and the conditional discharge would be withdrawn. And she was ordered to report any changes in her medical circumstances to her parole officer immediately.

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Duane Russell Greyeyes pled guilty to assault stemming from an incident on April 15, 2018.

Russell’s girlfriend of three years showed up at the Detachment to lodge a complaint against Greyeyes for slapping her and hitting her with a kitchen implement.

Greyeyes was detained without incident.

Duty counsel and the Crown issued a joint submission that 30 days custody would be sufficient for the offence.

As Greyeyes is employed in a job where he is two weeks on and a week off, he was ordered to serve the 30 days intermittently, every other weekend.

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On April 15, 2018, RCMP responded to a call from a residence in Canyon Creek and removed Barry Blair Houle from the property.

Houle, heavily intoxicated, had forced his way into the home, looking for someone who was never there and behaving in a threatening manner.

When police arrived and took Houle into custody, he continued to be abusive, promising the arresting officer that he was “going to beat the sh*t out of you”, when he got free.

Houle pled guilty of the forced entry.

Judge Paul gave Houle a sentence of 30 days in custody, to be served on weekends so as not to interfere with Houle’s job.

“Alcohol always causes trouble,” Paul told him. “Here you stand sober and seeing the trouble you caused. Not just to yourself or the court, but to these people who did nothing wrong. People’s homes are supposed to be a place of safety and the Government of Canada takes this fact seriously.

“The maximum sentence for what you did is life in prison! You need to know how serious this can be.”

A victim impact statement was entered into evidence but not read in open court.

Apparently it addressed the fear and violation felt by those who suffered this disturbing invasion of their property. Judge Paul then placed Houle under a $200 peace bond to have, for the next year, nothing whatsoever to do with the people into whose home he forced his way .

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