Two panhandlers get off with community service

Judge Meg Shaw sentenced both men to an absolute discharge.

PENTICTON - Two Penticton men charged for panhandling were each sentenced to an absolute discharge after completing community service.

Jordan B. Ricketts and Erwin A. Sedlmeier were both charged with one count of soliciting a person in a vehicle after panhandling at an intersection in Penticton earlier this year.

Both men completed 15 hours of community service and are receiving mental health treatment. The men resorted to panhandling when their individual disability pension cheques ran out.

“By the time you get to the end of the month, the pot is dry,” said Jim Pennington, defence counsel.

They panhandle to make up for the deficit, he said.

Ricketts and Sedlmeier were present in Penticton Provincial Court Thursday when Judge Meg Shaw announced the absolute discharge of both cases.

She said the completion of community service and continued effort to receive mental health treatment were sufficient punishment given the circumstances of the charges.

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