Jordan Cook awaits the start of his sentencing hearing at provincial court in St. John’s Friday. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram
A man who horrified a family by walking in their house and pulling out a knife has been sentenced to almost two years in jail.
Jordan Stewart Cook was given a 21-month jail term Friday on charges including being unlawfully in a dwelling house, assault with a weapon, uttering threats and resisting arrest.
The 30-year-old was given almost three months credit for the time he’s already spent in custody, leaving about 18 months on his term.
Cook was arrested as a result of an incident that happened in May at Copperthwaite Court in the Anderson Avenue area of St. John's.
He walked into a house where a family lived. A man, one of the homeowners, confronted Cook, who then wielded a knife.
When police showed up, Cook grappled with officers, who were eventually able to subdue him.
When he first appeared in court, Cook was released from custody on strict conditions, which included that he have no weapons.
But he was soon in trouble with the law again.
A week later, he followed a woman home from a pharmacy and peeked in her house windows. When police showed up, they found he had a pocket knife, a violation of his release conditions.
As a result, Judge David Orr also found Cook guilty of prowling at night and breaching a court order.
In rendering his decision on sentencing, Orr took into consideration the recommendations of defence lawyer Jeff Brace and Crown prosecutor Phyllis Harris.
Brace suggested a year in jail for Cook, noting Cook has struggled with drug addiction and wants to straighten out his life.
He pointed out that Cook had mistakenly walked into the wrong house, “but that being said, once inside, it was, no doubt, extremely alarming for all people involved.”
Brace said Cook only took out the knife because he believed he was under attack.
“It not just a case of someone flailing around a knife,” he said.
Harris recommended a prison term of two to 2 1/2 years, pointing to Jacobs’ lengthy criminal record, which includes several other violent crimes.
She also noted the seriousness of his latest crimes.
“In both cases, he made the individuals feel unsafe,” she said. “Both sets of victims indicated they were fearful.”