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P.E.I. man caught with hatchet, drugs sentenced


Daniel James Acorn gets time served on charges including weapon possession


A P.E.I. man who was caught with drugs and a hatchet when the police arrested him was sentenced recently to 24 days in jail.

Daniel James Acorn, 33, appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine, possessing a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace and breaching his probation.

Crown attorney Lisa Goulden told the court that on Oct. 17, 2018, Acorn was on probation with a condition he undergo any assessment, counselling or treatment as directed.

Acorn went to a treatment facility, Talbot House, but was discharged when it was learned he was buying prescription medications from other residents, Goulden said.

On Jan. 5, Acorn was arrested on a warrant after he failed to attend court, although the court heard that warrant might have been issued in error.

Acorn co-operated with the police and handed over a small black hatchet, Goulden said.

Federal Crown attorney Hilary Foster told the court the police also found Acorn had drugs on him, including methamphetamine tablets and a bag with white powder in it.

Defence lawyer Thane MacEachern said Acorn acknowledged he was discharged from Talbot House but disagreed with the reason.

MacEachern also said Acorn didn’t attend court because he didn’t get a summons and wasn’t aware of the court date.

After Douglas gave Acorn credit for time served he was left with no more time on his sentence.

Acorn will be on probation for one year and under a one-year weapons prohibition.

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