Court notes — May 1, 2014

Justin Crann
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Moose Jaw Provincial Court

Tatum to have court appointed counsel

Ryan Tatum, one of three facing charges stemming from an alleged home invasion in March, was awarded court appointed counsel in Moose Jaw Provincial Court on Wednesday.

Tatum's previous defence counsel turned over his file after a disagreement arose about how to proceed with the matter.

The court was informed about that decision during Tatum's last appearance on April 23, leading to the request for court appointed counsel.

He will appear again before Moose Jaw provincial court on May 21.


Young offenders charged with armed robbery adjourned

The three young offenders facing charges stemming from an alleged armed robbery April 25 are being held in custody.

According to a Moose Jaw Police Service report of the incident, a middle-aged man was held up at gunpoint and struck with a metal bar before being robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash and personal property.

Two youths were arrested and a third youth located and arrested overnight in connection with the incident.

They appeared on charges of robbery with a firearm and several other firearm charges before Moose Jaw provincial court on Thursday.

They will be held in remand until their next court appearance May 21.


Youth receives conditional discharge to deal with issues

A young offender who pleaded guilty to several charges was given a conditional discharge in provincial court on Thursday.

The charges stemmed from the assault of the youth's grandparents after he became enraged.

The youth was living with his grandparents and, when their Internet was performing slowly, became angry. 

He stormed into his bedroom and slammed the door, the court was told Thursday, causing a disturbance that drew the attention of his grandmother.

When she entered his room, she stepped on a collectable Lego model and busted it, causing the youth to become angrier.

The youth then struck his grandmother. When his grandfather came to check on the situation, the youth struck the grandfather several times in the face.

According to the pre-sentence report, the youth's mother "has not been a positive parent," Crown prosecutor Rob Parker told the court Thursday.

"As I read the report, I was really quite sad about the whole situation," Judge Douglas Kovatch told the court in passing his judgment. "It paints the picture of a young man, largely on his own and trying to get ahead in his live, but who doesn't have a lot of support."

The youth was granted a nine month conditional discharge order and will take up residence at Hope Inn.

He is also bound by an 11 p.m. curfew for the first three months of his discharge order, and he must refrain from the consumption of alcohol, prescription drugs not prescribed to him, and over-the-counter medicines for any purpose other than they are intended.

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Organizations: Moose Jaw Police Service, Hope Inn

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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