Woodstock Provincial Court: Sentenced to time served; charges withdrawn in case against Bath man

by | Nov 11, 2023

Sentenced to 205 days or time served

James Blair Hovey, 27, of Perth Andover, appeared in provincial court in custody on Nov. 8 and changed his plea to guilty on four charges laid by RCMP. He was sentenced to 205 days in jail or time served.

Hovey was released and placed on probation for 12 months. He must attend counselling for anger management, intimate partner violence, and drug addiction. He has been in custody since June.

He pleaded guilty to assault involving a female victim on Dec. 14, 2022, at Plaster Rock; guilty to mischief causing property damage to a phone and TV between Feb. 1-28 at Plaster Rock; guilty to breach of a release order by failing to attend court in Woodstock on June 13; and guilty to breach of a release order by cutting off his ankle bracelet between June 10-12 in Grand Falls. The crown withdrew several other charges.

The court heard Hovey was in a vehicle with the victim when he grabbed her by the hair and smashed her head against a window, breaking her glasses. Later, he smashed her phone and TV during a domestic dispute at a residence in Plaster Rock. Hovey told the court he was sorry for his actions. He had a limited prior criminal record.

Hovey was denied bail in July and held in custody to await trial. He appeared in provincial court in custody on May 18 for a bail hearing and was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. However, he then breached his release order in June and was arrested.

Sentenced to 270 days in jail or time served

William (Billy) Harding, 33, of Plaster Rock, appeared in provincial court in custody for sentencing on Nov. 8 after changing his plea to guilty on six charges laid by RCMP. He was handed 270 days in jail or time served. 

Harding was released and placed on probation for 12 months. He has been in custody since May. He pleaded guilty to unlawful entry at a dwelling house, breach of a release order, and uttering threats for an incident on April 24 in Perth Andover. 

He also pleaded guilty to breach of an undertaking and unlawful entry at a dwelling house for incidents on April 16 and April 17 in Perth-Andover and 

guilty to theft from the Ultramar in Perth Andover on April 1.

Harding appeared in court in custody by video on July 11 for a fitness hearing after completing a 30-day mental health assessment at the Restigouche hospital, and he was found fit to stand trial. Harding was denied bail at an earlier court appearance on May 8.

On April 20, Harding appeared in provincial court in custody for a bail hearing and was released with conditions. However, he was arrested and taken back into custody six days after his release.

Charges withdrawn against Bath man

The crown withdrew charges against Billy Joe Tucker, 42, of Bath, during provincial court on Nov. 8. 

Tucker was scheduled to appear for trial after changing his plea to not guilty on two charges laid by RCMP. He was charged with two counts of uttering threats against another man for an incident on July 11, 2022, near Carlow. He was scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 21, but his guilty plea was struck down, and a trial date was set. 

On May 16, an arrest warrant was issued when he failed to appear in court for monitoring. On Tuesday, Crown Prosecutor Samantha Goodine told the court the crown had decided not to proceed with the charges.

Jacksonville man released with conditions

Shayne Everett Cameron, 30, of Jacksonville, appeared in provincial court in custody on Nov. 8 for a bail hearing and was released with conditions. He returns to court for plea on Nov. 21 at 9:30 a.m.

Cameron was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in court on Oct. 31. He was charged with breach of an undertaking on Sept. 28 and uttering threats and assaulting another man on Oct. 28 at Greenfield. He was also charged with breach of a no-contact order and obstructing police on Nov. 4 at Perth-Andover.

At an earlier court appearance, Cameron was also charged with assault, assault with a weapon and uttering threats for incidents between Sept. 8 and Sept. 13 in Woodstock and possession of stolen property on April 11 in Woodstock. The matters were adjourned for plea until his next court appearance.

He also appeared in provincial court in September and pleaded not guilty to two other charges laid by RCMP. His trial date was set for July 4, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. A monitoring date was also scheduled for April 2, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Cameron was charged with possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace and possession of a firearm while prohibited concerning an incident on Jan. 24 at Juniper. He entered his not-guilty plea at a court appearance on Sept. 19.

Denied bail and remanded

Brittany Francis, 34, of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation), appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Nov. 8 and was denied bail. She returns to court in custody for plea on Nov. 15 at 1:30 p.m.

RCMP charged Francis with breach of a release order and mischief causing damage to an ankle bracelet in connection with an incident on Sept. 20 at Neqotkuk. Multiple warrants were issued for her arrest.

She appeared in provincial court in custody for a bail hearing on July 14 and was released with conditions. She was charged with breach of a release order and pleaded guilty. She failed to return to court for sentencing on Sept. 16.

She also appeared in custody on June 19 after being arrested on a warrant. 

RCMP charged Francis with shoplifting at the Maliseet Gas Bar in Neqotkuk on June 30, 2022, and two counts of failing to appear in court on Oct. 11, 2022, and again on April 25. She pleaded guilty to the theft and one count of failing to attend court.

Released with ankle bracelet

Brittany Priscilla King, 27, of Upper Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody on Nov. 8 for a bail hearing. She was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to her ankle. 

King returns to court for plea on Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m. She was charged with three counts of assault, theft and breaking into a dwelling house for a recent incident in Woodstock. 

She is also scheduled to appear for trial in provincial court on March 25, 2024, at 9:30 a.m., and April 3, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to other charges laid by Woodstock Police. A pre-trial conference was also set for Jan. 15, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

King was charged by Woodstock Police with possession of a stolen vehicle on Nov. 22, 2022, and failing to attend court on Feb. 21. She was also charged with assaulting a police officer, committing mischief, and resisting arrest for another incident on Nov. 7, 2022, in Woodstock. She appeared in court in custody on March 28 and was released with conditions. 

Perth Andover man facing four charges

Lane Leo Lewis, 23, of Perth-Andover, will appear in provincial court on Nov. 28 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on four charges laid by RCMP.

Lewis was charged with assault while carrying a weapon (a machete and two BB guns), assault, and two counts of possession of a weapon for the purpose of committing an offence in connection with an incident on Oct. 4 near Perth-Andover. The charges involve a female victim. Lewis made his first court appearance on Nov. 7 when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

Trial set on assault charge

Jason Albert Williams, 49, of Woodstock, will appear for trial in provincial court on Aug. 2, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to assault.

Woodstock Police charged Williams with assaulting another man following an incident on April 8 in Woodstock. He made his first court appearance on Nov. 7. A monitoring date for his trial was also set for Feb. 6, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Charged with impaired driving

Cale Ian DeLong, 25, of Woodstock, will appear in provincial court on Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on an impaired driving charge.

Woodstock Police charged DeLong concerning an incident on May 15 in Woodstock. He made his first court appearance on Nov. 7 when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

Awaiting plea on sex charges

Joseph Michael Sercerchi, 73, of Bayfield, Ontario, will appear in provincial court via teleconference on Dec. 19 at 1:30 p.m. to answer three sex charges laid by Woodstock Police.

Sercerchi was charged with three counts of indictable sexual assault in connection with incidents which occurred between Jan. 1, 1991, and Dec. 31, 1998, in Woodstock. 

The charge was heard on Nov. 7 when Sercerchi’s defence counsel appeared in court on his behalf via teleconference. The matter was then adjourned for plea to the new date.

Woodstock man to answer threat charge

William Paul McCarron, 51, of Woodstock, will appear in provincial court on Nov. 21 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on one charge laid by Woodstock Police.

McCarron was charged with uttering threats against a female victim in connection with an incident on Oct. 26, 2022, near Woodstock. The charge was heard on Nov. 7 and was adjourned to the new date.

Trial set on theft charge

Richard Evan Stockford, 30, of Waterville, will appear for trial in provincial court on July 3, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. after pleading not guilty to a theft charge.

Woodstock Police charged Stockford with shoplifting at the Atlantic Superstore on June 12. He appeared in court in custody via teleconference on Oct. 17 and was released with conditions. Stockford returned to court on Oct. 31 and entered his not-guilty plea.

 

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