Failing to show up in court nets city man three days in jail

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SUMMERSIDE — A 39-year-old city man will spend three days behind bars after being sentenced Tuesday on charges of theft and failing to attend court. 

David Timothy Gallant had pleaded guilty to the charges during an earlier court appearance. Sentencing in Summerside provincial court was adjourned until Tuesday to allow for the preparation of a presentence report.

The theft occurred on April 14. Gallant stole almost $40 worth of food from the Summerside Superstore. He was caught and the food was recovered.

He had been scheduled to appear in court on May 22 to answer to the charge but failed to show, resulting in the second charge being laid.

Gallant had a related record, although his last theft-related offence was in 2011.

His presentence report indicated since the incident he has sought help for his ongoing addiction problems, attending meetings almost daily.

Seeing the progress made and the gap in his criminal record, Judge Jeff Lantz suspended the passing of sentence on the theft charge, placing Gallant on probation for 12 months. Lantz sentenced Gallant to three days in jail for not showing up for his initial court date.

“You received a bit of a break here today,” said Lantz. “If you are back anytime soon that gap (in your record) will be pretty much ignored.”

Gallant must undergo assessment, counselling and treatment for his addiction issues, remain away from the Superstore and pay $200 in victim surcharges.

 

nmacphee@journalpioneer.com

Geographic location: Summerside

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