Five days’ jail for stepping out during house arrest

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PICTOU – A 48-year-old New Glasgow man is going to jail over a package of cigarettes.

Darren Lawrence Murray of Temperance Street was five days short of completing a 60-day house arrest sentence when New Glasgow police spotted him a few streets from home.

Murray apologized to Pictou County provincial court, explaining that he is a smoker and was picking up a package of cigarettes from a friend.

“It was only five minutes away and he was going to work so I went to pick them up,” said Murray.

Judge Del Atwood told Murray the court had thrown him a lifeline when he was sentenced to house arrest rather than jail in November. He agreed with the recommendation from Crown attorney Andrew O’Blennis that the rest of the sentence be served in jail.

“You rolled the dice and took a chance for a package of cigarettes,” said Atwood in sentencing him to five days in jail. 

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Temperance Street, Pictou County

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