Tells judge he wasn't himself at the time
A man who went on a month-long crime spree has been sentenced to more than 19 months in jail, with 18 months probation to follow.
Scott Richard Brocklehurst is pictured in provincial court in St. John's today. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram
Scott Richard Brocklehurst was sentenced today in provincial court in St. John’s.
In handing down the sentence, Judge David Orr gave Brocklehurst 1.5 times credit for the 45 days he’s already spent in custody, leaving a little over 16 months left to serve.
As part of his sentence, the 28-year-old was also ordered to repay restitution totalling more than $2,500 to the various businesses he stole from. They included gas stations, convenience stores, a liquor store, a pharmacy and an optical store.
Brocklehurst pleaded guilty to 25 charges — four counts of theft under $5,000, six counts of fraud under $5,000, six counts of probation and eight counts of breach of court orders.
The crimes were committed over nine days — seven of which were in September.
On Sept. 1 he stole a TV and winter tires from a house in Mount Pearl. On Sept. 5, he defrauded Pharmachoice by trying to alter a prescription to include more medication. A day later, he took $45 from a New Found Cab driver.
He tried to alter another prescription on Sept. 9, this time at Shopper’s Drug Mart on Lemarchant Road. The next day, he stole from Sobey’s on Merrymeeting Road. He took liquor from the Newfoundland Liquor Corporation store on Topsail Road on Sept. 29. The following day, he swiped five pairs of Oakley sunglasses, totalling almost $1,000.
Also, on Aug. 10, he stole a wallet from a resident at the Recovery Centre, while on Oct. 2 he defrauded two Ultramar gas stations (Portugal Cove Road and George Street west) and two Circle K stores by using someone else’s credit card.
For the Oct. 2 incidents, he was originally facing 34 fraud-related charges, but Crown prosecutor Shawn Patten agreed to withdraw most of them in exchange for the guilty pleas.
In closing arguments, Patten said Brocklehurst deserves at least a year-and-a-half in jail because of the large number of offences. He also has a lengthy criminal record.
Brocklehurst’s lawyer, Michelle Coady, agreed jail time was warranted, but explained her client has been through a lot in his life.
Coady said Brocklehurst has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction.
She said he had managed to stay clean while he was working recently as a pipefitter in Fort McMurray, but due to a breakdown in his nine-year relationship with his girlfriend, he returned home and started using cocaine again.
“That’s what triggered the crime spree,” said Coady, who said Brocklehurst already has some money saved to pay restitution.
She said Brocklehurst has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and severe anxiety. She said his medication prescribed for these illnesses have actually been continued while he’s been at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary.
Coady said he is determined to get treatment for his addictions, “but I know the wait list is really long.”
When Brocklehurst got the chance to speak, he apologized for what he did and said he realized he needs help for his addictions.
“It just wasn’t me, b’y,” he said, referring to his state of mind at the time he committed the crimes.