City woman sentenced to jail time for uttering threats, breaching probation

Nancy MacPhee
Published on August 18, 2014
Prince County Courthouse.

SUMMERSIDE — A 21-year-old city woman will spend 60 days behind bars after pleading guilty in Summerside provincial court Monday to breaching probation, uttering threats and failing to attend court. 

Brittany Samantha Gill was brought into the courtroom, legs shackled and hands cuffed, behind bars since her arrest on July 25.

Gill breached her probation by failing to comply with a condition to undergo assessment, counselling and treatment for drug addition. She continuously rescheduled appointments, not giving valid reasons, and had entered treatment only to leave 11 hours later. As a result, the charge was laid.

It was hours after leaving treatment on June 9 that Gill went to a former boyfriend’s house, demanded entry into his home and, after banging on the door for almost two hours, threatened to use a gun.

Police were called to the scene. Gill told officers she didn’t have gun or access to one.

She was chartered and cautioned at the scene, and given a date to appear in court.

Gill failed to show for that court appearance, resulting in her being charged with failure to appear.

She had a lengthy related record and was on probation when the offences were committed.

Crown attorney John Diamond and defence attorney Trish Cheverie asked that the court go along with a joint recommendation of 90 days in jail followed by 18 months probation.

Cheverie explained that Gill has a “pretty serious drug addiction,” adding since her client’s arrest she has been doing well behind bars, clean and healthy.

The defence attorney asked that Gill be credited for time served since she had consented to the remand.

“I hope with additional time in custody she will be a little stronger in her sobriety,” added Cheverie.

Judge Jeff Lantz agreed with the joint recommendation, crediting Gill with 30 days — time and a half — served, reducing her sentence from 90 days to 60 days.

Once out of jail, Gill will be on probation for 18 months, during which time she must undergo assessment, counselling and treatment for her drug addiction and pay $200 in victim surcharges. Gill was also ordered not to have contact with her ex-boyfriend and is prohibited from owning or possessing weapons or ammunition for two years.