Man behind bars for breaching CSO

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PICTOU -  A Stellarton man will spend the next nine months in custody for breaching a conditional sentence order despite his pleas to a provincial court judge to not send him back to prison

Matthew David Marshall, 30, was recently picked up by police for breaching a CSO that stated he must keep the peace, stay away from alcohol and comply with his house arrest. 

He was sentenced to the CSO in February on fraud and forgery charges, but police arrested him again after responding to a motor vehicle accident that Marshall was involved in.

“First he violated his house arrest, and second he was drunk, in no position to operate a motor vehicle that day and allegedly he caused an accident,” said Crown Attorney Patrick Young.

Defence lawyer Doug Lloy said his client is not disputing the fact that he was drinking alcohol and out past his curfew for house arrest, but he says the accident was caused by a chain reaction and he doesn’t admit to be the cause of it.

He said his client has one job doing renovations at a local department store and recently acquired a second job with a construction company, but this work might be in jeopardy if he is sent to prison.

Marshall told Judge Del Atwood that the past four days he spent in prison while awaiting this court appearance have taught him a lesson to straighten his life out.

“The last four days have been the most terrifying of my life. I will not do anything terrible again,” he said. “I have learned my lesson. I need to get out, to work, to make something of my life and support my myself and my girlfriend.  I am going to quit drinking altogether.”

Atwood said breaches of court orders need to be taken seriously and agreed with the Crown that Marshall will spend the next 270 days behind bars to finish out his sentence.  However, he did say he would request that Marshall be able to finish out his sentence in Antigonish. 

Geographic location: Antigonish

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