Young offender denied bail

Justin Crann
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A Moose Jaw man with a history of non-compliance was denied bail in provincial court Tuesday.

The man, 18, faces a litany of charges stemming from incidents when he was still a youth and he can't be identified.

Many of his charges were related to breaches of court orders and failures to appear.

"This is the fourth time we have been running a show cause hearing (for this individual)," said Rob Parker, Crown prosecutor. "He wouldn't even be seeking release on conditions right now if he had just shown up (before)."

To emphasize his point, Parker said "a picture is worth 1,000 words" and presented six-inch thick stack of legal documents involving the individual.

Merv Shaw, the man's legal counsel, said "the court has certainly be fair" to his client, but also contended that many of the legal issues stem from his alcohol consumption.

"I have no question in my mind that when he is sober, he doesn't prevent the issues he does when he has been drinking," said Shaw.

Shaw urged Judge Margaret Gordon to release the man to Wakamow Manor to seek treatment.

"From time to time, it is alleged — of course it isn't true, but it is alleged — that people use detox to avoid custody," said Shaw. "This is not the case."

Parker disagreed.

"Wakamow Manor has been there all along," he said. "It does certainly seem to be being used as a get out of jail free card (here)."

Gordon sided with the Crown.

"I recognize and accept you have an alcohol problem and that is the underlying cause of your issues with the criminal justice system," she said. "I recognize that … but I am afraid this is one time too many.

"I can't release you," Gordon added.

The man will be held in remand until his next appearance on April 29.

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