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No house arrest for Kamloops man who pleaded guilty to Canada Day boat crash

June 06, 2017 - 12:15 PM

KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops man who pleaded guilty to dangerously driving a personal watercraft, leaving two people injured, won't have to spend time in jail.

Nicholas Conville, 33, received a suspended sentence for the 2015 Canada Day crash on North Barriere Lake, which means he'll be placed on a one-year probation period where he must serve 100 hours of community service.

In her decision, B.C. Supreme Court judge Susan Griffin said Conville has shown remorse for his actions and found a conditional sentence order with a period of house arrest, which Crown had asked for, would not be appropriate.

"Mr. Conville was immediately concerned and remorseful," Griffin said in Kamloops Supreme Court today, June 6. "He acted foolish but had no intention to hurt anyone."

Conville also has to pay a $3,000 fine on top of a more than $5,500 restitution to one of the victims in the crash.

Griffin summed up Conville's offence of operating a personal watercraft in a manner that was dangerous to the public as a "relatively young man showing off (and) forgetting the laws of physics."

It's a point Crown prosecutor Chris Balison focused on during his sentencing submissions yesterday, saying Conville was "showboating" and trying to splash water at people on a nearby floating dock.

While on his personal watercraft, Conville was performing loops in the Barriere lake while Asia Petis and another passenger were being towed behind in a tube.

On his third loop, Conville crashed the tube into the floating dock. A man who was on the tube had to be airlifted from the scene to hospital. He suffered a concussion and broken hip. Petis suffered a broken arm and concussion. Court heard yesterday that Petis is still suffering psychologically from her injuries.

Conville has also been placed on a no-contact order with the victims and is banned from operating any water vessel for two years.

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