Man going to jail after breaching court order

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PICTOU – A 31-year-old Pictou County man was told to take responsibility for his own actions rather than blaming the justice system for causing him hardship.

Despite his pleas to stay out of jail so he could continue working and pay child support, Stephen Michael Larkham had a conditional sentence order collapsed Wednesday after breaching a court order to stay away from a particular woman.

He was remanded into custody for the remainder of his sentence, which was 85 days.  

“It’s not the court system that places his job in jeopardy, it’s his actions,” said Pictou Provincial Court Judge Del Atwood, using an analogy that if someone jumps off a roof, the ground isn’t to blame for a person being injured, but instead the person who decided to act so recklessly.

Larkham was sentenced in November 2013 to a conditional sentence order that specified he stay away from the victim of an assault, even if she contacts him.

He admitted in court Wednesday that he knew the stay away order was in effect, but he said he “got caught up in the moment” when she recently texted him.

“I want to continue to pay child support and to keep working,” he said. “I have feelings for this woman, but I realize that we are not meant to be together whatsoever.”

Larkham will return to Pictou Provincial Court on Sept. 2 to answer to new charges involving theft, uttering threats, assault and being unlawfully in a dwelling house.

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