PICTOU – A 42-year-old Pictou Landing woman who has had a long struggle with drug addiction is being allowed to serve her one-year sentence in the community.
Crown attorneys Jody McNeill and Bronwyn Duffy had argued charges for breaching probation, drug possession, theft and failure to attend court warranted jail time but provincial court Judge Del Atwood gave Kimberly Ann Hatfield the opportunity to stay out of jail if she can abide by a long list of conditions. A key part of the sentence requires Hatfield to be assessed by the Journey of Healing Program at Eagle’s Nest Recovery House and attend Mawiomi Treatment Centre.
Her sentence includes six months of house arrest. She must also stay away from alcohol and drugs, comply with any order for drug testing and take part in electronic supervision. As with any conditional sentence, failure to honour the conditions can result in the sentence being terminated with the remainder of time served in jail.
In making his plea for a conditional sentence, defence attorney Steve Robertson told the court Hatfield’s problems stem from a difficult childhood in which she moved very frequently and did not feel at home in public or native schools. He said she is ready to commit to an intensive treatment program which can be carried out under the terms of her conditional sentence.