Court notes: Ransom's bail hearing delayed; Zwaal gets probation

Justin Crann
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Ransom's bail hearing delayed

Wayne Kennith Ransom, 39, will wait to have his show cause hearing.

Ransom appeared before Moose Jaw provincial court on Wednesday and his matters were adjourned while the matter of his legal counsel is settled. 

He is facing several charges stemming from an alleged domestic incident.

On July 30, the Moose Jaw Police Service received a number of calls from the community about a minivan moving at high speeds on Moose Jaw's east side.

It is alleged that a female passenger in the van was yelling for people to phone the police.

The MJPS investigated and eventually found the vehicle.

Ransom, the alleged driver of the vehicle, was arrested and charged with two counts of unlawful confinement, two counts of uttering death threats and a single count of assault.

Following Ransom's appearance, the female passenger — who did not want to be identified — told the Times-Herald that the issue was simply "a domestic incident gone wrong."

Ransom will next appear before the court on Aug. 11.

Zwaal given probation, ordered to pay restitution

David Zwaal will pay restitution to a Calgary woman for money he withdrew from her account using a fraudulent cheque.

Zwaal appeared before Moose Jaw provincial court on Wednesday to be sentenced after pleading guilty to committing fraud.

In May 2013, Zwaal was working for a carpet cleaning company and was cleaning a home.

He told the homeowner that his employer would only accept cash payment, and so she left the house to withdraw cash from her bank.

While she was out of the house, Zwaal took a cheque, made it out to himself, and later cashed it in the amount of $500.

The fraud was caught by the homeowner some time later.

Zwaal had also tried to cash a cheque stolen from his former employer in April 2013 in Assiniboia.

When TD Bank refused to cash the cheque, he took it to the Royal Bank, who also refused. Police later located him at another bank and arrested him.

According to Crown prosecutor Rob Parker, Zwaal has a history involving addictions issues.

Those issues were seen as a factor in his sentencing.

Judge Douglas Kovatch gave Zwaal a year's probation with the usual terms, as well as a ban on the consumption of drugs or alcohol, a prohibition from bars and other drinking establishments, and an order to pay $500 in restitution to either Wright or her bank dependent on whether the bank had reimbursed her for the fraudulent cheque.

Zwaal was also ordered to perform 50 hours of community service in lieu of restitution to his former employer.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Police Service, Times-Herald, TD Bank

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Calgary, Assiniboia

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