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Man with history of curfew breaches kept on short leash

A man caught breaking into the Penticton Canadian Tire tire compound will spend another 37 days in jail after also committing a number of breaches.
April 14, 2016 - 1:00 PM

PENTICTON - A Penticton man with multiple probation breaches will be on a short rope when he is released from jail following sentencing in Penticton Provincial Court on several charges.

Samuel-Luc Joseph Denis Prescott-Perreault pled guilty to several breaches, weapons possession, intent to commit an offence and driving while prohibited charges in court today, April 13.

Crown Prosecutor Kurt Froehlich told court Prescott-Perreault was caught by police on Nov. 22, 2015 at around 8:45 p.m. inside a locked used tire bin behind Penticton Canadian Tire.

Prescott-Perreault was using the tire pile to try to climb to the roof of the building when he was apprehended, along with a female accomplice. He told police he’d been in the tire dump to try and find winter tires for his car. 

Police searched Prescott-Perreault and found a collapsible baton and a folding knife, which he said he needed for protection.

Also found at the scene were wire and bolt cutters, four newer looking winter tires outside the compound and the compound gate lock cut. A truck parked 150 metres away also had break in tools and bolt cutters within view.

Prescott-Perreault was released on bail the following day, but subsequent checks on his whereabouts in the ensuing weeks revealed several breaches of his parole curfew conditions.

On January 19, while officers were conducting a parole check on his house, a blue Ford Windstar was seen leaving Prescott-Perreault’s street abruptly. Police followed the van, eventually stopping it with Prescott-Perreault at the wheel.

He was found to be in breach once again, as well as being a prohibited driver. He was arrested and has been in custody since February 5.

Froehlich asked Judge Gale Sinclair for a sentence of between 148 and 155 days, minus time served, in addition to two years’ probation. He told court Prescott-Perreault suffers from addiction issues and had problems obeying his curfew orders.

Defence lawyer Robert Maxwell asked for one year’s probation, adding his 28-year-old client didn’t want curfew orders on his probation.

Prescott-Perreault said his job resulted in him working late hours at times, making it impossible to keep his curfew conditions, calling it “a trap, basically, to bring me back here.”

Judge Sinclair agreed not to set Prescott-Perreault up for a potential breach, saying: “This old man has got you in his head, and I’m not going to forget if you’re ever back here.”

Prescott-Perreault was given 141 days jail time. With credit for time served, he has another 37 days to spend behind bars, after which he will face 18 months’ probation, with weapons, driving and “no-go” conditions to Penticton Canadian Tire.


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