Prince County man gets probation for assault

Nancy MacPhee
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SUMMERSIDE — A 34-year-old Prince County man will spend the next 18 months on probation for assaulting a woman while he was drunk.

Prince County Courthouse.

Andrew Alan Burns had earlier pleaded guilty to a single count of assault and was in Summerside provincial court Monday morning for sentencing.

The incident occurred on Oct. 19. According to the facts presented, Burns and the woman had both been drinking when they began arguing. Burns grabbed the woman by the shoulders and pushed her up against the counter. She was not injured.

Defence attorney Carla Kelly argued for a conditional discharge for Burns, saying that a criminal record could hurt his chances for employment in the Coast Guard.

Kelly said since the incident Burns has been dealing with his alcohol problem and has sought help for mental health issues.

Judge Jeff Lantz didn’t agree with the request for a conditional discharge but did suspend the passing of sentence and placed Burns on probation.

“This was a waking up incident for the accused,” said Lantz during sentencing.

As part of his probation, Burns must undergo assessment, counselling and treatment for any addictions and mental health issues. He must also stay away from the woman while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and was ordered to pay a $50 victim surcharge.

Organizations: Coast Guard

Geographic location: Prince, Summerside

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