Damage in neighbour’s residence nets man house arrest

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PICTOU – Entering and damaging another man’s residence during a night of heavy drinking has netted a Stellarton man a 12-month conditional sentence, including eight months of house arrest.

Dukus Lee Davis and co-accused Craig Francis of Elgin Street, New Glasgow, entered the home of Francis’s neighbour. Davis smashed a glass in a rear door when leaving the property.

Crown prosecutor Jody McNeill said the two had been with friends at a downtown drinking establishment and then went to Francis’s home.

“In a case of bravado assisted by alcohol they then went looking for someone at another residence.”

Defence attorney Chris Boyd agreed Davis, who he said usually acts as a peacemaker, was heavily under the influence of alcohol and deeply regrets his actions. He pointed out Davis had no prior convictions and has been under a court undertaking since almost a year without incident.

Judge Del Atwood pointed out Davis was guilty of home invasion and the public must be safe at home but he noted Davis had also shown empathy for the victim.

Atwood said Davis appears to be a willing and hard worker with great potential.

 “Your pre-sentence report is something the court does not see very often so I don’t expect to see you here again.”

Under the terms of his sentence, Davis will have to abstain from alcohol and take counselling for anger management and anything else recommended by a probation officer.

Co-accused Francis earlier pleaded guilty to home invasion and assault, receiving the same sentence.  

Geographic location: Stellarton, Elgin Street, New Glasgow

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