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Just over three months for alcohol fuelled Penticton break-in and assault

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March 01, 2017 - 3:02 PM

PENTICTON - A Penticton man fighting issues with alcohol will serve more than three months in jail after he lost his temper and assaulted his wife in an effort to ensure his kids were safe.

Jake Lucas Goode entered guilty pleas to driving while prohibited, breaking and entering, assault and two counts of breach in Penticton court Monday, Feb. 27.

Court heard Goode kicked in the door of the motel room his ex-wife was living in while searching for his kids, then pushed her onto the bed before leaving the room, Penticton court heard Monday, Feb. 27.

Crown prosecutor Ann Lerechs said police were called to the Sun Valley Motel on Sept. 1, 2016, after a woman reported her ex-husband had kicked in the door and assaulted her.

Police arrived to find the doorframe cracked, the trim ripped off and a foot print in the centre of the door. They are told Goode was looking for his children and broke into the room, pushing his ex-wife onto the bed. She told police he smelled of alcohol.

Goode wasn’t apprehended until Sept. 4, when a Penticton RCMP officer stopped him at the corner of Wade Avenue and Martin Street, where he was found to be driving while prohibited.

On Dec. 23, 2016, police were called to the home of Goode’s former girlfriend, where he was found arguing with her. Police found a 750 millilitre bottle of vodka on Goode, which was in breach of a court order not to have alcohol or drugs.

Lerechs noted Goode’s record, but called his forced entry into the residence where his ex-wife had an expectation of safety a serious issue. She asked Judge Gregory Koturbash for a sentence of four to six months, along with a $500 fine and 18 months probation.

Defence lawyer Robert Maxwell said he didn’t see four to six months a reasonable sentence based on the facts put forward, telling court his client went to find his kids because he had heard they had been left unattended. Maxwell said the assault consisted of a push onto the bed, suggesting 30 days was a more appropriate sentence. He added his client was willing to consent to residential treatment.

Judge Koturbash suggested it was time for the accused to start living up to his family name by “being good.”

He noted while Goode managed to stay out of trouble for a while, a message had to be sent in this case that people had to be protected from acts like Goode’s.

The judge sentenced Goode to 97 days in jail. With time served, he has 32 days left behind bars. Goode also was given a one year driving suspension and 12 months probation.

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