KELOWNA – A Kelowna man who was caught in a local graveyard with a half-dressed woman in a stolen car packed with stolen ID and bank cards was sentenced to jail today.
David Martin, 47, has struggled with drug addiction since he was prescribed pain medication for a fall and a separated shoulder.
Martin, who has a criminal record including numerous breaches, thefts and drug possessions, was arrested in a car that had been reported stolen on Oct. 2, 2016. He was with a woman who, according to Crown lawyer Ann Lurchs, was wearing “only a bra” and “appeared to be high on drugs.”
The pair were parked in a graveyard.
An RCMP constable followed them as they left and they were eventually found in a strip mall on Kane Road.
Both were arrested and taken into custody.
A search of the vehicle found a number of stolen B.C. Identification cards, drivers licences and bank cards. Police also found a bag of heroin, needles and purses that had also been reported stolen.
An RCMP officer who recognized the Calgary Flames hat Martin was wearing during the arrest was able to tie him to the robbery of a convenience store sometime prior.
When Martin was taken to the Kelowna detachment, a search revealed he was wearing nylons under his blue jeans.
Tucked inside the nylons police found several more stolen identity cards.
He pleaded guilty to breach of conditions, using a stolen credit card, failing to report, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of stolen identity documents.
Judge Vincent Hogan sentenced him to 201 days in jail with 177 days of enhanced credit.
When given the chance to speak via video Martin apologized for his past behavior calling his years since 2008 “hell.”
“I’ve seen enough people die over the last few years,” he said. “Drugs aren’t drugs anymore, they’re something different.”
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