PICTOU – A Stellarton man has been given another chance to be a good role model to his children.
Edward Anthony Horan, 41, was sentenced Thursday in Pictou provincial court to a six- month conditional sentencing for breaching a court order and possessing illegal prescription drugs on December 22, 2013.
Horan was arrested around 10:30 p.m. after police drove by his residence and witnessed him punching another man that was sitting in a vehicle outside of his home. Before Stellarton police handcuffed him, he pulled two Dilaudid pills out of pocket and threw them on the ground.
At the time, Horan was on a court order to not take such substances and keep the peace and be of good behavior.
Federal Crown Attorney Bronwyn Duffy said Horan is a well-known to the courts for repeat offences, some of which involve drug possession convictions and during his last sentencing hearing, he was told by a local judge that his behavior was not setting a good example for his five-year-old son.
Provincial Crown Attorney Patrick Young pointed out that Horan has taken steps to find a job and does have the support of his wife and family while his pre-sentence report is “guardedly optimistic” about his future.
However, he said, he failed to heed former judge’s advice about being a good role model and continues to bring illegal drugs into the community and his son’s life.
Both crown attorneys recommended jail time for the accused saying a strong message of deterrence needed to be sent to this man.
Horan’s defence lawyer, Stephen Robertson, told the court that his client is currently doing well with methadone treatment for his drug addiction and is taking positive steps in his life to make things better him and his family.
Judge Del Atwood said the court is used to “snow jobs” or “being conned” by people asking for another chance, but based on Horan’s positive pre-sentence report and changes he has made, he believed the accused would benefit greatly by serving his sentence in the community.
“He has appeared before me many times in the past and today he seems the most straight forward, collected and rational as I have seen him,” he said, adding that maybe Horan has finally figured out that “he is too old to be doing this kind of stuff anymore”.