Woodstock Provincial Court: Newburg man to stand trial for kidnapping; impaired driver fails to stop for police

by | Nov 15, 2023

Bull to stand trial for kidnapping, pointing a firearm 

Jeffrey Richard Bull, 45, of Newburg, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Nov. 14 and pleaded not guilty to all 14 charges laid against him by RCMP. His trial date was set for Feb. 22-23, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Bull and Ryan Michael Fitzherbert, 28, of Woodstock, were each charged with kidnapping, unlawful confinement, and multiple firearm offences following an incident involving a female victim on Oct. 15 in Pembroke. 

Bull faces 14 charges and was denied bail. Fitzherbert faces seven charges. He appeared in custody by video for his bail hearing on Oct. 20 and was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. Fitzherbert returns to court for plea on Nov. 28 at 9:30 a.m.

Bull was charged with kidnapping, unlawful confinement, pointing a firearm at another person, assault while threatening to use a weapon, possession of a firearm (a shotgun) to commit an offence, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a licence, possession of a firearm while prohibited, flight from police, dangerous driving, resisting arrest, careless use of a firearm, being an occupant of a vehicle knowing it carried a firearm, and breach of probation. He was remanded and ordered to have no contact with the complainant or his co-accused. 

Fitzherbert was charged with kidnapping while using a firearm, unlawful confinement, possession of a firearm without a licence, unauthorized possession of a firearm, being an occupant of a vehicle knowing it carried a firearm, breach of probation, and breach of a release order. 

Fitzherbert is also scheduled to appear for trial in provincial court on June 17, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to other separate charges. 

He was charged by RCMP with improper storage of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a licence, and possession of a prohibited weapon (a switchblade knife) in connection with an incident on Dec. 10, 2021, in Jacksonville. He will also stand trial at the Court of King’s Bench on April 15-17, 2024, on drug trafficking charges.

Back in custody on new charge

Jeret Everett of Wakefield appeared in provincial court in custody on Nov. 14 to answer a new charge laid by Woodstock Police. He was released with conditions and returns to court for plea on Nov. 28 at 9:30 a.m.

Everett was charged with uttering threats involving a female victim in connection with an incident between May 1 and July 31 in Woodstock. He was ordered to have no contact with the complainant.

Everett also appeared in court in custody on Oct. 31 for a decision on his bail hearing. He was released with conditions and returns to court for plea on other separate charges on Nov. 28 at 9:30 a.m.

Everett was charged by RCMP with breach of an undertaking, possession of a firearm without a licence, possession of a prohibited weapon (a sawed-off shotgun), being an occupant of a vehicle knowing it carried a firearm and improper storage of a firearm concerning a police check of a vehicle on Oct. 27 in Florenceville-Bristol. He was held in custody until a bail hearing on Oct. 30.

The court heard bear spray and a machete were also found in the vehicle. Everett has a limited prior criminal record. He must follow a curfew, have no drugs or weapons in his possession, and report to the police weekly as part of his release.

Everett is also facing other charges in Fredericton in connection with a break-and-enter at a dwelling house in Hawkins Corner in February.

Impaired driver failed to stop for police

David Phillips, 67, of Glassville, appeared in provincial court on Nov. 14 for sentencing after changing his plea to guilty on two charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned until Dec. 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the request of his defence counsel. 

The court heard the crown will be seeking a period of incarceration for the accused. In requesting an adjournment, Phillips told the court he has serious health issues and wants to present a medical report from his doctor before his sentencing. The crown questioned why the accused was not in the hospital if he was so ill.

Phillips was charged by RCMP with flight from police, dangerous driving, refusing a breathalyzer demand, impaired driving and driving while suspended following an incident on Sept. 17, 2021, in Florenceville-Bristol. He pleaded guilty to impaired driving and flight from police. The crown withdrew the remaining charges. 

Crown Prosecutor Bronwyn Mooney told the court police received a complaint about an intoxicated driver in downtown Florenceville-Bristol. The driver, later identified as Phillips, was all over the road and swerving into oncoming traffic. He refused to stop for police despite lights and sirens, so the officer pulled up beside him and began yelling for the driver to stop. 

Phillips looked directly at the officer with a blank stare and kept driving. The officer then positioned his police cruiser in front of Phillips’ vehicle to alert oncoming traffic. Phillips struck the police car from behind while spinning his tires and pushing the police car forward. 

The officer got out, removed the accused from his vehicle, and arrested him at the scene. Phillips was so intoxicated he could not stand up on the highway. On Tuesday, he told the court he could not remember any details of the incident. Phillips had a prior criminal record.

Conditional discharge for theft

Brandi Bowmaster, 27, of Wicklow, received a conditional discharge and six months of probation when she appeared in provincial court for sentencing on Nov. 14.

Bowmaster was charged by RCMP with possession of stolen property (a debit card) and theft of money under $5,000 following an incident on Feb. 13 at McCain Foods in Florenceville-Bristol. She pleaded guilty to both charges. 

The theft involved several cash transactions totalling $231 using a debit card taken from a co-worker’s locker. Bowmaster confessed the crime to the card owner and paid back most of the money. She was ordered to pay the balance of $82 in restitution. Bowmaster had no prior criminal record. The conditional discharge means she will still not have a criminal record due to the charges.

Four-month conditional sentence for theft

Amber Dawn Shaw, 35, of Centreville, appeared in provincial court for sentencing on theft charges on Nov. 14. She received a conditional sentence of four months, during which time she must follow a curfew. She was also fined $200 and was placed on six months probation. 

Shaw pleaded guilty to theft from Napa Auto Parts on May 2, 2021, in Woodstock and theft from the New Brunswick Liquor Store on June 20, 2022, in Woodstock.  

She was ordered to pay $143 in restitution for items taken from Napa Auto Parts and $72 to the liquor store for two bottles of booze. Shaw was also ordered to abstain from drugs and alcohol, attend counselling as required, and she must stay away from both businesses. She had a prior criminal record.

Adjourned for plea on three sex charges

Ryan Coles, 33, of Drumheller, Alberta, will appear in provincial court on Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. for plea on three sex charges laid by RCMP.

Coles was charged with touching for a sexual purpose, invitation to sexual touching and sexual assault in connection with an incident on Sept. 2, 2022, in Perth-Andover. 

Defence Counsel T.J. Burke appeared in court on Coles’ behalf via teleconference on Nov. 14, when the matter was again adjourned to the new date. Burke told the court he needed more time to consult with his client before entering a plea.

Awaiting plea on two charges

Gabriel John Tomah, 21, of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation), will appear in provincial court on Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on two charges laid by RCMP. He was released on an undertaking until his next court date.

Tomah was charged with assault involving a female victim and uttering threats in connection with an incident on Oct. 1 at Neqotkuk. He appeared in court on Nov. 14 when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

Released from custody to await plea

Joshua Desroches, 19, of Woodstock, will appear in provincial court on Dec. 12 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on one charge laid by RCMP.

Desroches was charged with breach of an undertaking by violating a no-contact order stemming from an incident on Sept. 25 near Woodstock. He was arrested and later released from custody with conditions. He appeared in court on Nov. 14 when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

Plea delayed for Woodstock man        

Myles Andrew Dymond, 49, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court on Nov. 14 for plea on several charges laid by Woodstock Police. The matter was adjourned until Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

Dymond was charged with breach of a no-contact order and breach of an emergency intervention order for an incident on Sept. 17-18 in Woodstock. 

He first appeared in provincial court in custody on Aug. 28 and was released with conditions. He was charged with breach of an undertaking by failing to abide by a no-contact order following an incident on Aug. 26 in Woodstock.

On Sept. 19, he faced charges of assault on a female victim on March 26 at Bedell, uttering threats on June 18 in Woodstock, and breach of a no-contact order between Aug. 19 and Aug. 21 in Woodstock. 

Dymond was released on an undertaking to have no contact with the complainant. He was also prohibited from the use of firearms. 

In custody on multiple charges

Kristopher Joseph McConnell, 31, of Hartland, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Nov. 14 for plea on several charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned Nov. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

McConnell was charged with breach of a release order for an incident on July 15 in Hartland and possession of a stolen utility trailer on Aug. 22 in Greenfield. He also faces charges of criminal harassment and breach of probation on July 23 and breaching an emergency intervention order on June 7. He was also charged with possession of stolen property (an ATV) and breach of probation concerning an incident on June 26 at Lansdowne. 

McConnell appeared in provincial court in custody on June 27 and was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. He failed to return to court for plea on July 25, and an arrest warrant was issued. He appeared in court on Aug. 23 for a bail hearing but waived his bail until a later date.

Returning for plea on two charges

Douglas Thomas Defazio, 35, of Woodstock, will appear in provincial court on Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on three charges laid by Woodstock Police.

Defazio was charged with assault involving a female victim concerning an incident on Sept. 21 in Woodstock, theft from Atlantic Superstore, and theft from Kent Building Supplies on Oct. 25, 2022. He appeared in court on Nov. 14 when all three matters were adjourned to the new date.

Arrest warrant issued

The court issued an arrest warrant for Brady Melvin Crain, 27, of Wicklow, after he failed to appear in court on Nov. 14 for sentencing on charges laid by RCMP. 

Crain appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Sept. 6 for a bail hearing and was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. 

On Tuesday, new charges were laid against him, including breach of a release order, flight from police, obstruction and mischief causing damage to an ankle bracelet for an incident on Oct. 9.

Crain was charged with assault on a female victim and breach of an emergency intervention order concerning other incidents on April 29, 2021, and March 14, 2021, in Woodstock. RCMP also charged him with breach of a release order on Dec. 6, 2021, at Mount Pleasant. He pleaded guilty, and a sentencing date was set, but he failed to appear.

He appeared in provincial court on April 18 and pleaded not guilty to other charges laid by RCMP. His trial date was set for Jan. 17, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. Crain was charged on April 4 with breaching his release order. He also appeared in provincial court on March 16 on charges of breach of an undertaking, committing mischief, and taking a vehicle without consent in connection with incidents on Aug. 29, 2022, and Oct. 28, 2022, at Perth-Andover.

In custody awaiting plea

Christopher Elliott, 33, of Weaver, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Nov. 14 to answer a series of charges laid by RCMP. He waived his bail until later and returns to court for plea on Nov. 28 at 11:15 a.m.

Elliott appeared in court in custody via teleconference on Oct. 24 and was remanded to jail to await a bail hearing. On Tuesday, he faced new charges of fraud and possession of stolen property (a debit card) concerning an incident on July 18 at Plaster Rock.

Elliott was also charged with resisting arrest and possession of ammunition while prohibited for an incident on Oct. 23. He was also charged with failing to appear in court for his trial in Woodstock on Aug. 23. 

Elliott pleaded not guilty to firearm charges on April 18, and his trial date was set. He was charged with possessing a prohibited weapon without a licence concerning an incident on November 4, 2020, at Gladwyn. He was also charged under the Fish and Wildlife Act with having a loaded firearm in a vehicle, possession of a firearm without a licence, and hunting without a licence on Nov. 4, 2020.

Elliott and Amber Holt, 32, of Bluebell, are jointly charged by RCMP with possession of a firearm without a licence (.22 Magnum rifle) and careless use of a firearm for another incident on June 22, 2022, in Weaver. Elliott was also charged with possession of a firearm while prohibited from having it in connection with the same incident in Weaver. Holt is currently in custody, awaiting sentencing on numerous charges.

Trial set on two charges

Joseph Sockabasin, 31, of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation), appeared in provincial court on Nov. 14 to answer two assault charges. He pleaded not guilty, and a trial date was set for Sept. 9, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. 

RCMP charged Sockabasin with two counts of assault with a weapon (a paintball gun) in connection with an incident on June 25 at Neqotkuk. The charges involve two minors. A monitoring date for his trial was also set for March 5, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Nowlan to stand trial on two sets of charges

Jerod Nowlan, 40, of Wotstak (Woodstock) First Nation, appeared in provincial court on Nov. 14 and pleaded not guilty to firearm charges laid by RCMP. A trial date was set for Sept. 5-6, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. 

Nowlan was charged with possession of a firearm without a licence (a rifle), improper storage of a firearm, and possession of a firearm with the serial number altered concerning an incident on July 27 at Rosedale. A monitoring date for his trial was set for March 5, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Nowlan is also scheduled to appear for trial in provincial court on Aug. 8, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to an assault charge. RCMP charged him with assault on a minor in connection with an incident between April 1 and April 30 in Coldstream. He pleaded not guilty on Sept. 12. His trial was first set for Dec. 14 but was adjourned to the new date at the request of his defence counsel.

Bail hearing scheduled 

Curtis Brent Hatheway, 43, of Woodstock, will appear in provincial court in custody by video on Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m. for his bail hearing. He appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Nov. 14 when a date for the hearing was set. 

At an earlier court appearance, Hatheway pleaded not guilty to all charges laid against him by Woodstock Police. Trial dates were set for Jan. 15, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. and Jan. 26, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. A monitoring date was also set for Dec. 12 at 9:30 a.m. 

Woodstock Police charged Hatheway with assaulting a female victim, assault by choking, uttering threats and breach of a release order for an incident on Sept. 25 in Woodstock. The court heard he is also facing other separate charges in Moncton.

Hatheway appeared in provincial court in custody by video on July 6 for a bail hearing. He was released with conditions, including house arrest and wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. He was ordered to have no contact with the complainant and to attend court as required but was later brought back into custody.

Woodstock Police also charged Hatheway with assault involving a female victim, breach of probation, and breach of a release order stemming from an incident on June 22 in Woodstock. 

He was also charged by Woodstock Police with assault with a weapon (a shovel), assault involving a female victim, breach of a release order, and breach of probation following another incident on May 9 in Woodstock. Another charge of breach of curfew was also laid for an incident on May 17.

Charged with assault with utility knife

Gregory Sparks, 23, of no fixed address, appeared in provincial court on Nov. 14 for plea on charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned until Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

Sparks was charged with assault with a weapon (a utility knife) involving a female victim and uttering threats concerning an incident on April 20 at Centreville. He also faces a charge of breach of an undertaking by violating a no-contact order.

The court heard Sparks is also facing other charges in Fredericton. 

Bloomfield man to stand trial 

Jacob Kenneth Greer, 23, of Bloomfield, appeared in provincial court on Nov. 14 and pleaded not guilty to a threat charge. His trial date was set for Aug. 21, 2024, at 1:30 p.m.

RCMP charged Greer with uttering threats involving a female victim concerning an incident on July 29 near Glassville. A monitoring date for his trial was also set for Feb. 27, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Perth Andover brothers facing charges

Travis Terrance McDougall, 32, and Trevor Gerald McDougall, 32, of Perth Andover, are both facing charges laid by Woodstock Police. 

Travis McDougall was charged with uttering threats, breach of probation and assaulting a female victim in connection with an incident on July 17 in Woodstock. He pleaded not guilty at a court appearance on Nov. 14. A trial date was set for Sept. 26, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. A monitoring date for his trial was scheduled for Feb. 27, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Trevor McDougall was charged with uttering threats for the same incident. He pleaded not guilty in October, and a trial date was set for Aug. 2, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. A monitoring date was also set for April 16, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Greenfield man awaiting trial

Dustin Arthur Hawksley, 28, of Greenfield, appeared in provincial court on Nov. 14 and pleaded not guilty to several charges laid by RCMP and Woodstock Police. His trial dates were set for Aug. 28, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. and Sept. 16, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Hawksley appeared in provincial court in custody for a bail hearing on Sept. 28 and was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. He was also placed under house arrest at a residence in Greenfield. 

RCMP charged Hawksley with breaking into a dwelling house, two counts of assault on a female victim, and assault with a weapon (a plate) in connection with an incident on July 2 at Bloomfield. 

Woodstock Police also charged him with assaulting a female, assault by choking and breach of an undertaking for another incident on Aug. 5 in Woodstock. He was arrested on a warrant on Sept. 24. 

Hawksley was ordered to have no contact with the two complainants and must have no drugs, alcohol or firearms in his possession. He must also attend court as required. On Tuesday, the court heard he was also charged with failing to report his whereabouts to the national registry for sex offenders.

Sentencing adjourned on multiple charges

Jesse Adam Shaw, 32, of Woodstock, will appear for sentencing in provincial court on Nov. 21 at 1:30 p.m. after changing his plea to guilty on several charges laid by Woodstock Police.

The matter was scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 14 but was adjourned to the new date at the request of his defence counsel. The court heard Shaw has been in custody for several months and plans to go to Harvest House in Moncton after his sentencing. A representative for Harvest House is expected to attend his sentencing hearing on Nov. 21.

Shaw pleaded guilty to indictable assault involving a female victim between May 1 and May 8 in Woodstock; guilty to two counts of assault on June 11 and June 14 in Woodstock; guilty to uttering threats on June 14 in Woodstock; guilty to assault by choking between June 24 and June 25 in Woodstock; guilty to mischief causing property damage to a cell phone between April 20 and May 8 in Woodstock; and guilty to breach of a no-contact order between June 24 and June 25 in Woodstock. The crown withdrew several other charges. 

Shaw was arrested and remanded to jail on June 26. He waived his bail until later. 

He appeared in provincial court in custody by video for a bail hearing on June 19 and was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. He was scheduled to return to court for plea on July 11 but was brought back into custody.

Sentencing scheduled for Neqotkuk man

Brandon Michael Francis, 27, of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation), will appear in provincial court in custody for sentencing on Nov. 16 at 9:30 a.m. 

Francis pleaded guilty to three counts of breach of a release order and committing mischief concerning incidents at Neqotkuk. 

RCMP also charged Francis with assault with a weapon (a metal bar) involving a male victim following an incident on Oct. 27, 2022, at Neqotkuk. 

Associate Chief Judge Brian C. McLean found him guilty of common assault on Nov. 14.

The court heard testimony from the alleged victim, who testified Francis came to his door, jumped on him, punched him, and left him lying on the floor. He was treated at the hospital for a broken nose and bruises to his face. The man said he did not recall being hit with a metal bar. A police officer also testified no metal bar was found at the scene.

Francis was found not guilty after trial on another charge of breach of a release order related to an incident on April 20 at Neqotkuk. Just before his arrest, Francis was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. He appeared in court again in custody and was denied bail.

He was also charged by RCMP with assault while threatening to use a weapon, unlawful entry at a dwelling house, and pointing a firearm. He returns to court for trial on those matters on Nov. 16 at 9:30 a.m.

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