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P.E.I. man who brought drugs to jail sentenced


Christopher James McLean gets 100 days in jail for assault, probation breaches


A P.E.I. man who showed up to jail with drugs was sentenced recently to 100 days in jail on three charges.

Christopher James McLean, 29, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to one count of assault and two counts of breaching his probation.

Crown attorney Gerald Quinn told the court McLean was serving a sentence on weekends in December 2018 for a previous offence and was on probation with a condition that he not consume drugs or alcohol within 48 hours of reporting to the jail.

Quinn said when McLean showed up to serve a weekend, jail staff noticed signs of impairment.

After doing a search, the staff found McLean had a crack pipe and benzodiazepine pills, Quinn said.

Urine tests also came back positive for several drugs including cocaine, methadone, opiates and benzodiazepine.

In a separate incident, Quinn said a woman reported to the RCMP that she was at the Tim Hortons in Cornwall when McLean approached her vehicle.

The woman was stopped between two other vehicles and couldn’t drive away.

Quinn said she pulled out her phone and started taking video, after which McLean pushed her hand away, cursed and walked away.

McLean was on probation at the time.

The Crown and defence made a joint recommendation of 100 days in jail and two years of probation.

Defence lawyer Joel Wonnacott said McLean takes responsibility for his actions and acknowledges what he did were serious matters.

McLean struggles with addictions and wants to continue to make efforts to address them, Wonnacott said.

Along with the jail time, McLean will be on probation for 18 months.

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