Regina v. A.A.K. [Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary – July 2017]

A.A.K. was charged with a multitude of fraud and theft offences as a result of the sale of a motor vehicle. A.A.K. was alleged to have fraudulently misrepresented the status of the vehicle as having a clear title, when in fact it was salvaged and rebuilt. Moreover, A.A.K. was alleged to have represented the vehicle as being accident-free. Unfortunately for …

Regina v. P.N.S. [February 2017] – Fraud from employer

Section 380 of the Criminal Code of Canda – Fraud from employer over $5000.00 P.N.S. was responsible for making cash deposits for her employer. P.N.S. was going through financial difficulty, and as a result, P.N.S. kept some of the cash she was supposed to deposit. The feeling of guilt ended up being too much for P.N.S. to bear, and she turned herself into …

Regina v. Y.K.T. [Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary – February 2017]

Simple Possession of Cannabis Marijuana contrary to section 4(1) of the CDSA (Controlled Drugs and Substances Act) In this very unusual factual scenario, Y.K.T., suffering from a mental condition and feeling immense guilt for his possession of cannabis, walked into the Calgary Police Service main branch with a marijuana joint in hand and asked to be arrested for unlawful possession …

Regina v. F.M.Z. [Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary – Jan 2017]

Breach of a Conditional Sentence Order after Trafficking Cocaine to an Undercover Police Officer Prior to trial, F.M.Z. pleaded guilty to section 5(1) (trafficking in cocaine) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (“CDSA”). Sean Fagan was not F.M.Z’s lawyer at the trial stage. F.M.Z. was fortunate in that the date of the offences pre-dated the effective mandatory minimum periods …

Regina v. R.A.K. [Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary – April 2017] – Simple assault

Section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada – Assault R.A.K. was charged with simple assault stemming from a domestic situation. As is often the case in cases of this nature, when tempers are raised, the complaints to the police were less than truthful. Unlike American television, in Canada only the Crown may decide to halt a prosecution; the complainant has …

Regina v. K.T.H. [Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary – October 2016]

Section 430 of the Criminal Code of Canada – Mischief to Property K.T.H., a middle-aged lady, had recently ended a relationship with a long-term boyfriend. As is often the case, the separation was less than amicable. There was a verbal dispute over the division of property, among other confrontations. K.T.H. was alleged to have gone to her ex-boyfriend’s workplace and …

Regina v. A.A.S. [Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary – May 2017] – Breach

A.A.S. was at home going about his daily routine when he discovered that he was being surreptitiously watched by a group of unknown people outside his house. Unbeknownst to A.A.S., the group of individuals were undercover police officers conducting surveillance on a drug investigation. Not knowing that the individuals were police officers, A.A.S. attempted to confront them, but they fled …

Regina v. I.C.G. [Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary – March 2017]

I.C.G. was intoxicated and causing a disturbance at a local restaurant. The police were called and found I.C.G. in the parking lot. The police, in fairness, repeatedly told I.C.G. to get in a taxi and go home. I.C.G. did not listen. The police then arrested I.C.G. on outstanding warrants and transported him back to the police station. Upon arrival, I.C.G. …

Regina v. G.F.A. [Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary – November 2016] – Assault

Section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada – Assault G.F.A. was charged with assault stemming from a domestic situation with his estranged wife. G.F.A’s estranged wife claimed that he assaulted her after a dispute over the distribution of property. As is often the case in domestic disputes, the first person to call the police is treated as the victim, …