Woodstock Provincial Court: Woodstock man found guilty of unlawful confinement, uttering threats, assault; Canterbury man agrees to peace bond

by | Nov 29, 2023

Woodstock man to be sentenced for assault, unlawful confinement

Robert Dale McMann, 48, of Woodstock, will appear for sentencing in provincial court on Feb. 27 at 1:30 p.m. after being found guilty on two charges laid by Woodstock Police.

McMann pleaded not guilty to unlawful confinement, uttering threats, and assaulting a female victim by choking her during a Sept. 9, 2021, incident in Woodstock. Woodstock Police laid the charges.

Associate Chief Judge Brian C. McLean delivered his verdict on Nov. 28. The judge found McMann guilty of assault by choking and unlawful confinement but not guilty of uttering threats. The court heard the case involved a domestic dispute. McCann testified in his defence during the trial held on Sept. 25.

He was also charged with possessing stolen property (an SD card and batteries) owned by Cook Construction Ltd. following an incident on Dec. 22, 2021, in Woodstock. He is also facing another charge of breaching a no-contact order. He pleaded not guilty. He will stand trial on those charges on April 24, 2024, at 1:30 p.m.

Released from custody after mental health assessment

Lucas Green, 19, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody on Nov. 27 for a fitness hearing. He was found fit to stand trial and released from custody with conditions. Green returns to court for plea on Dec. 19 at 9:30 a.m.

He appeared in provincial court in custody on Oct. 23 for a bail hearing by video in Fredericton and was remanded for a 30-day mental health assessment at the Restigouche hospital.

RCMP charged Green with assaulting another man and committing mischief, causing property damage to a vehicle in connection with an incident on Oct. 19 at Richmond Corner. 

Canterbury man agrees to peace bond

Issiah Tobi Gabriel, 21, of Canterbury, appeared in provincial court on Nov. 28 after pleading not guilty to several charges. He agreed to sign a 12-month peace bond, and his trial, set for next June, was cancelled. 

Crown Prosecutor Samantha Goodine told the court the crown did not intend to proceed with any of the charges due to the peace bond. Gabriel was prohibited from firearms as a condition of the peace bond, and he was ordered to keep the peace toward the female complainant. 

Woodstock Police charged him with assault on a female victim, assault by choking and committing mischief causing property damage following an incident on Aug. 5 in Woodstock.  

He appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 22 and was released with conditions including a curfew and wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. 

RCMP also charged him with two counts of breach of a release order on Aug. 19 and Sept. 21. His ankle bracelet was removed after his court appearance on Nov. 28, and he is no longer required to follow a curfew.

Gabriel also appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 8 for a bail hearing. He was released with conditions until his next court appearance but was taken back into custody following the breach on Aug. 19.

Bath woman charged with driving offences

Delta Joy Bowmaster, 44, of Bath, will appear in provincial court on Jan. 2, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. for plea on charges laid by RCMP.

Bowmaster was charged with impaired driving, impaired driving causing bodily harm, and reckless endangerment involving a minor following an incident on May 11 at Odell. She made a court appearance on Nov. 28 when the matter was adjourned to the new date. The court heard she is still trying to secure legal counsel.

Florenceville-Bristol man charged with assault

Jordan Ronald Broad, 29, of Florenceville-Bristol, will appear in provincial court on Dec. 19 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on three charges laid by RCMP.

Broad was charged with assault, uttering threats, and assault by choking involving a female victim concerning an incident on Oct. 8 in Florenceville-Bristol. He made a court appearance on Nov. 28 when the matter was adjourned to the new date at the request of his defence counsel.

Hartland man to enter plea

Dylan Rideout, 25, of Hartland, will appear in provincial court on Jan. 2, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. for plea on three charges laid by RCMP.

Rideout was charged with uttering threats involving a female victim, possession of a firearm without a licence and careless use of a firearm (a shotgun) concerning an incident on Aug. 9 at Cloverdale. He made a court appearance on Nov. 28 when the matter was adjourned to the new date at the request of his defence counsel.

Plea delayed on charges of kidnapping, pointing a firearm 

Ryan Michael Fitzherbert, 28, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court on Nov. 28 for plea on multiple charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned until Dec. 19 at 9:30 a.m. The court heard he is still trying to secure legal counsel.

Fitzherbert and Jeffrey Richard Bull, 45, of Newburg, are each charged with kidnapping, unlawful confinement, and multiple firearm offences following an incident involving a female victim on Oct. 15 in Pembroke.

Bull 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. He was denied bail.

Fitzherbert 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. 

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 gun 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 gun 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.

Wakefield man returning for plea

Jeret Everett of Wakefield appeared in provincial court on Nov. 28 for plea on a string of charges laid by Woodstock Police and RCMP. The matter was adjourned until Jan. 2, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel. 

Everett appeared in provincial court in custody on Nov. 14 and was released with conditions. Woodstock Police charged him 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, at that time, then taken back into custody.

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 concerning a break-in at a dwelling house in Hawkins Corner in February.

Neqotkuk pair to enter pleas

Sasha Perley, 28, and Michael Langlois-Martell, 33, both of Grand Falls, appeared in provincial court for plea on Nov. 28. The matter was adjourned until Dec. 19 at 1:30 p.m. The court heard they needed more time to secure legal counsel.

Perley was charged with possessing a stolen vehicle (a Toyota Tundra) for an incident on Aug. 4 near Tobique Narrows. 

Langlois-Martell was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle (a Toyota Tundra), possession of a firearm without a licence (a pump action shotgun), storage of a firearm in a careless manner, and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace concerning the same incident. 

Arrest warrant issued

The court issued an arrest warrant for David Watson, 27, of Perth-Andover, after he failed to appear in provincial court on Nov. 28 for monitoring about his trial.

Watson appeared in provincial court in custody on Oct. 31 and was released with conditions. Sheriffs arrested him after he showed up late for court for monitoring about his trial. 

Watson was charged with mischief causing property damage in connection with an incident on Oct. 16, 2022, at Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation). He pleaded not guilty in May, and a trial date was set for March 8, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. Watson told the court he was still trying to secure legal counsel for his trial.

Three trial dates set on multiple charges

Kristopher Joseph McConnell, 31, of Hartland, appeared in provincial court in custody on Nov. 28 and pleaded not guilty to all charges. Trial dates were set for Jan. 22, 2024, at 9:30 a.m., Jan. 24, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. and Feb. 7, 2024, at 1:30 p.m.

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 in connection with 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.

In custody awaiting plea

Christopher Elliott, 33, of Weaver, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Nov. 28 to answer a series of charges laid by RCMP. He waived his bail until later and returns to court for plea on Dec. 12 at 11 a.m.

Elliott appeared in court in custody via teleconference on Oct. 24 and was remanded to jail to await a bail hearing. He faced new fraud charges 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 gun 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 gun 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.

Benton man faces new charges

Edward Hayes Jr., 27, of Benton, appeared in provincial court on Nov. 28 to answer two new charges laid by Woodstock Police. He returns to court for plea on Nov. 2, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Hayes was charged with assaulting another man and breach of probation concerning an incident on June 1 in Woodstock.  

He also appeared in provincial court on Nov. 7 on two other charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned for plea until Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

Hayes was charged with driving while prohibited and breach of probation for an incident on the Trans Canada Highway near Woodstock on July 1. 

On Oct. 19, he appeared for trial in provincial court after pleading not guilty to other charges of sexual assault and unlawful confinement. The trial was adjourned until July 10, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel. 

Hayes was charged by RCMP with sexual assault and unlawful confinement involving a female victim between May 18 and June 13, 2022, in Summerfield. 

Trial set on several charges

Lacy McClendon of Perth-Andover appeared in provincial court on Nov. 28 to answer a series of charges. She pleaded not guilty on all counts, and a trial date was set for Aug. 29, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. 

RCMP charged McClendon with obstructing police and breaching a no-contact order for an incident on Nov. 4 at Perth-Andover. She was accused of breach of an undertaking by violating a no-contact order concerning another incident on Sept. 28 in Lindsay. Woodstock Police also charged her with assaulting a male victim on Sept. 13 at Woodstock.

McClendon appeared in provincial court in custody on Sept. 29 and was released with conditions. She returns to court for monitoring about her trial on March 5, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Perth Andover man facing four charges

Lane Leo Lewis, 23, of Perth-Andover, will appear in provincial court on Dec. 19 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 a first court appearance on Nov. 28 when the matter was adjourned to the new date. The court heard he is still trying to secure legal counsel.

Jacksonville woman to stand trial for drug trafficking

Stephanie Lynn Lockard, 41, of Jacksonville, appeared in provincial court on Nov. 28 for monitoring about her upcoming trial on a drug trafficking charge. Defence Counsel Alex Carleton confirmed she has legal counsel to proceed.

Lockard was charged by Woodstock Police with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking and illegal possession of cannabis, stemming from an incident on Dec. 17, 2022, in Woodstock. 

She pleaded not guilty, and her trial was set for April 15, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. Lockard returns to court on March 15, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. for a hearing regarding a possible Charter challenge by the defence.

Neqotkuk man arrested and released

Nicholas Paul of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation) was arrested on a warrant after he failed to appear in provincial court for plea on multiple charges laid by RCMP. 

Paul appeared in court in custody on Nov. 27 for a bail hearing and was released with conditions. He returns to court for plea on Dec. 5.

Paul was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, breach of probation and possession of a stolen credit card for an incident on Sept. 12 in Hartland; theft from a store in Carlingford on Aug. 30; two counts of dangerous driving, two counts of suspended driving, and two counts of flight from police for incidents on Aug. 8 and Aug. 11 in Perth Andover.

He appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Oct. 4 for a bail hearing. He was released with conditions, including house arrest and wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. 

Paul was also charged with flight from police, breaking, entering, and theft at a storage shed following an incident on Sept. 4, 2022, at Perth-Andover. He pleaded not guilty, and a trial date was set for April 26, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. He confirmed he has secured legal counsel for his trial.

Nicholas Paul and Jennifer Paul were each charged by RCMP with theft of a motor vehicle (a 2013 Volkswagon Jetta), possession of stolen property, obstructing police, possession of a firearm without a license, careless use of a firearm, and breach of an undertaking following incidents on Dec. 3, 2021, in Grand Falls and Neqotkuk. 

Their not-guilty pleas were entered at a court appearance on March 21, and a trial date was set for Jan. 11, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Trial adjourned on impaired driving charge

Paul Porter, 70, of Rowena, Victoria County, appeared for trial in provincial on Nov. 27 after pleading not guilty to an impaired driving charge. The matter was adjourned until Feb. 12, 2024.

RCMP charged Porter following an incident on April 17, 2022, near Burntland Brook. He appeared in provincial court on July 20 for monitoring and confirmed he would be ready to proceed to trial.

Sentencing reset for Carlow woman 

Shawna Schriver of Carlow appeared for sentencing in provincial court on Nov. 28 after changing her plea to guilty on two charges laid by RCMP. Her sentencing date was rescheduled for Dec. 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the request of her defence counsel.

Schriver was charged with breaking and entering and resisting arrest in connection with an incident at a vacant residence in Upper Kintore on May 25, 2022. She pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of indictable mischief causing property damage and resisting arrest. 

A co-accused, Timothy Canam, 43, of Carlow, was sentenced to 13 months in jail, minus time served, when he appeared in provincial court in custody on Oct. 6, 2022. He was charged with break, enter, and theft in connection with the same incident. He pleaded guilty to the offence. After his arrest, Canam was denied bail and remanded into custody at provincial jail.

In custody awaiting trial

Morgan Nicholas, 27, of Perth-Andover, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Nov. 28 for plea on charges laid by RCMP. He pleaded not guilty and returns to court for monitoring on Jan. 25, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. 

Nicholas appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 28 for a bail hearing. He was denied bail and remanded. He was charged by RCMP with two counts of breach of a release order, resisting arrest, uttering threats, assault, assault with a weapon, and assaulting a police officer on Aug. 8. He was arrested on the New Brunswick Day weekend.

He also appeared in provincial court in April and pleaded not guilty to all other charges laid by RCMP. Three trials were scheduled for early next year on Feb. 1, Feb. 5, and Feb. 9, 2024. 

Nicholas pleaded not guilty to uttering threats on Oct. 18, 2022, assault and assaulting a female with a weapon on Nov. 25, 2022, breach of an undertaking and mischief causing damage to a police safety shield on Dec. 15, 2022, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer on Jan. 6, breach of a no-contact order on March 5, breaching his curfew on March 16, uttering threats and assaulting a police officer on Jan. 7 in Woodstock, and committing mischief on Jan. 6. All but one of the alleged incidents occurred in Perth-Andover and Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation).

Nicholas appeared in custody by video on March 7 and was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle but was taken back into custody.

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