Summerside man sentenced for assault with a weapon

Colin MacLean
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Judge says victim should not have taken law into his own hands

SUMMERSIDE – The judge described it as a good example of a situation where the victim should never have taken the law into his own hands.


Summerside courthouse. File photo

Judge Jeff Lantz was talking about the case of Jonathan Douglas Rogers, 22, of Summerside.

Rogers and some other young men damaged a camper trailer in Summerside on Jan. 26, 2013. Instead of calling police, the owner and his daughter confronted the men about the damage and the situation deteriorated into a brawl.

Rogers pulled a Swiss Army Knife during the dust up and the trailer owner ended up with seven slashing wounds to various parts of his body.

Rogers ended up with some nasty wounds to one of his eyes from the daughter.

“This is a good example as to why someone shouldn’t attempt to take matters into their own hands instead of relying on the police to do their jobs,” said Lantz.

“The victim was seriously injured and it could have been much worse – in fact he could have been killed very easily,” he added.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in early December to assault with a weapon, damaging property and failing to appear in court when required.

A disagreement between the Crown and the defence in terms of the facts of the brawl prevented him from being sentenced back in December.  

The crown’s information pointed at Rogers being the instigator of the fight, while the defence claimed he’d been defending himself.

A hearing to hash out exactly what happened had been scheduled for Wednesday, however, the two sides worked it out outside of court: basically agreeing that the confrontation happened because of a misunderstanding, rather than any aggression by either side.

Rogers was sentenced to nine months and three days in custody, plus 24 months of probation. He must also pay back about $1,600 in fees and damages to the victim.

A pre sentence report on Rogers revealed a propensity towards aggression while under the influence of alcohol, but was otherwise positive, stressing his lack of any previous criminal record and his high potential for rehabilitation.


Geographic location: Summerside

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