Court Notes - April 28, 2014

Nathan Liewicki
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Judge Douglas Kovatch was busy Monday dolling out fines in Moose Jaw Provincial Court Monday.

Moose Jaw Provincial Court

Riley Stagg, 21, was among the handful of men who pleaded guilty to a charge of driving over .08. Stagg was fined $1,000, plus an additional $300 to cover a federal surcharge.

Stagg also pleaded guilty two counts of drug possession after Craik RCMP found two bags of narcotics in his vehicle on Nov. 25, 2013. Each drug possession charge resulted in fines of $500, as well as $150 surcharges to each charge.

Steven Dewitt, 39, also pleaded guilty to driving over .08 after he was pulled over by Moose Jaw Police on Feb. 22. His fine, plus surcharge, totaled $1,300.

On March 5, police stopped John Flathen, 70, and charged him with driving over .08 and impaired driving.

Monday, Flathen pleaded guilty to driving over .08, while the Crown dropped the charge of impaired driving.

Flathen, who has three prior impaired driving from incidents in the 1980s, was fined $1,500 and assessed a $450 surcharge.

Jordan Hart, 23, pleaded guilty to the same charge as Flathen following an incident on Nov. 23, 2013. He was assessed a $1,100 fine and a $330 surcharge.

Hart, Flathen, Stagg and Dewitt all had their licenses suspended and are not eligible to obtain a motor vehicle license anywhere in Canada for one year.


Kevin Locken described his actions on March 14 to the court as “an absolutely stupid decision.”

The 27-year-old was involved in an accident at the intersection of Main Street North and Caribou Street shortly after 6 a.m. that morning. It resulted in minor injuries to the other vehicle involved in the collision.

However, Locken did not remain at the scene of the accident. Instead, Locken convinced his brother admit he was involved in the accident.

Eventually police tracked down Locken. They arrested and charged with failure to remain at the scene of an accident and mischief.

There was also suspicion of impaired driving, but a breath sample proved Locken was not impaired at the time of the accident.

On Monday, he pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and mischief. His fines, including surcharges, totaled $1,820.


Yasir Mohammed, 26, appeared in Moose Jaw Provincial Court Monday facing 10 charges from a variety of incidents.

Mohammed has been charged with assault from a Sept. 27, 2013 incident. He also has been charged with two counts of impaired driving and two counts of driving over .08 from incidents Oct. 12, 2013 and Feb. 22.

That same day in October, Mohammed was also charged with breach of recognizance and mischief under $5,000.

He was charged with failure to appear in court on previous outstanding charges on Jan. 14, and on the same February date was charged with two more counts of breach of recognizance.

“You’ve got to stop drinking and driving,” Judge Kovatch told Mohammed.

Mohammed likely faces jail time, but his matters were adjourned until May 21 at 9:30 a.m.

Geographic location: Canada, Main Street North, Caribou Street

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