Man willing to pay for damaged ATM

H.P. court docket
Judge G.W. Paul
Aug. 31, 2020

A middle-aged man from High Prairie who kicked and damaged an ATM at a local bank will dig deeper into his pockets to pay a big fine.
Jason Howard Cox, 47, was fined $1,000, plus a victim fine surcharge of $300, after pleading guilty in High Prairie provincial court Aug. 31 to mischief causing damage under $5,000.
“When you damage other people’s property, you pay for it,” Judge G.W. Paul said during sentencing.
Cox damaged an ATM at TD Canada Trust bank on Dec. 22, 2019, Crown prosecutor Serge Eta-Ndu told court.
“He kicked it multiple times.”
Duty counsel Derek Renzini said Cox was frustrated with the machine.
“His debit card got stuck in the ATM,” Renzini said.
Cox was also drinking and was intoxicated at the time.
In addition to the fine, Cox will also pay for the damages.
“I talked to the bank manager and I agreed to pay for the damages,” Cox said.
Although the Crown recommended restitution of $1,517.41 for damages filed by the bank, the judge did not support a restitution request.
Judge Paul said he was not convinced all the damage was caused by Cox.
After reading the restitution order, the judge said he does not believe all the damage was caused by Cox kicking the machine.
The documents state that sand and dirt was found inside the machine, Judge Paul noted.
Duty counsel told court Cox is dealing with issues in his life.
“He has suffered from alcohol,” Renzini said.
“He is taking steps to deal with his addictions with Alberta Health Services and is dealing with anger management.”

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Leslie Michael Auger, 39, of Sturgeon Lake, was handed a global sentence of 120 days after pleading guilty to possession of stolen property and for failing to comply with release orders.
Auger was credited for nine days served as he appeared from the Peace River Correctional Centre.
Court heard Auger was driving an SUV stolen from Grande Prairie when he was stopped by High Prairie RCMP on Highway 2 just east of High Prairie on Aug. 21 around 12:20 a.m., Crown prosecutor Serge Eta-Ndu said.
The SUV was swerving on the road,” he noted.
“The driver identified himself as Leslie Michael Auger,” Eta-Ndu said.
Several weapons, including three knives and a canister of bear spray, were found inside the vehicle driven by Auger.
“He was on a weapons prohibition,” Eta-Ndu said.
Auger was also fined $1,000 for possession of a controlled substance.
While in cells at the RCMP station, officers found Auger in possession of one gram of cocaine, the Crown said.
“If he doesn’t deal with his addictions, he’ll be back in court,” Judge. G.W. Paul said.
“I recognize that addiction is a disease that often leads to crime.”
However, Auger is taking steps to conquer his addictions, duty counsel Derek Renzini said.
“He realizes he has to get his addictions under control.”

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Justin Eric Loonskin, 26, of Tallcree, was sentenced to seven days consecutive after pleading guilty to two counts of failing to comply with release orders.
Loonskin breached his curfew to be at his residence from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., Crown prosecutor Serge Eta-Ndu said.
Court heard Loonskin was not at the residence when police knocked on the door on two separate dates, the Crown said.
“Seven days is a kind sentence,” Judge G.W. Paul noted. “You’re getting a break.”
Loonskin said he needs to turn his life around.
“Alcohol has been the biggest factor in my life,” Loonskin told court.

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Cheynee Mitchell, 25, of Sturgeon Lake, was fined $400 for breaching conditions and $200 each on two counts of failing to appear in court.
She breached a condition when she was with a person named on a court order for Mitchell to not contact or communicate with, Crown prosecutor Serge Eta-Ndu said.
Mitchell was also failed $200 each for failing to appear in court on two docket days.
“She’s owning up to her actions,” duty counsel Derek Renzini said.
Mitchell appeared by CCTV from the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre.

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Shirley Anne McMullen, 54, was fined $400, plus a victim surcharge of $120, after pleading guilty to failing to comply with probation.
Court heard she failed to report to her probation officer numerous times from Nov. 14, 2019 to Jan. 6, 2020, Crown prosecutor Serge Eta-Ndu said.
“You have completely ignored your obligations,” Judge G.W. Paul noted.
The judge reminded McMullen she is required to obey orders from her probation officer and won’t be reminded by the probation officer.

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Kurtis Bradley-Cox was fined $2,875 for an uninsured vehicle parked on a highway.
The fine includes a $375 victim fine surcharge.
The fine is the same for driving a vehicle without insurance.

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Jennifer Nicole Romick was fined $2,500 after pleading guilty to driving a vehicle without insurance.
Judge G.W. Paul did not include the victim fine surcharge of $375 after Romick said she was a single mother with three children, all under three years of age.

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