PICTOU – A New Glasgow man has been handed a 12- month conditional sentence to serve in the community, but before he returns home, he must address his addiction and mental health issues.
Ryan John MacDonald, 25, was sentenced to 12-months house arrest in provincial court Monday after pleading guilty to one court of possession of stolen property from Highland Optical and two counts of theft from the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission. All of the offenses occurred in May and June.
MacDonald also pleaded guilty to numerous charges that occurred in July, but was found not criminally responsible for his actions based on the results of the psychological assessment. These charges involved damage to property, two assaults on police officers and a breech of a court order in July.
The court was told that the accused has been addicted to narcotics most of his life and stole the merchandise and stole a $79 pair of sunglasses from Highland Optical to sell them for $10 so he could purchase drugs.
The Crown had asked Judge Del Atwood to consider a sentence of five to six months in custody followed by 12 to 18 months probation, but the defence argued that MacDonald has done well in the past to follow the rules of a conditional sentence order.
“I have every reason to believe that Mr. MacDonald would be able to succeed again under a CSO,” said defence lawyer Doug Lloy.
Atwood agreed to the CSO, but first made sure that MacDonald’s mental health and addiction issues were addressed before he returned to the community.
MacDonald was remanded to the East Coast Forensic Hospital where he will remain until a disposition hearing determines that he is fit enough to serve the rest of sentence under house arrest.