Torbay man gets conditional sentence

Rosie Mullaley
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A Torbay man who broke into a sports and collectable store and took off from a local pub without paying his bar tab won’t be serving any more time in jail for his crimes.

Daniel Spencer will be released from custody to serve a conditional sentence after he was sentenced Thursday in provincial court in St. John’s — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

Daniel Spencer was sentenced to a one-year conditional sentence, with a year’s probation, in provincial court in St. John’s.

The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to break and enter with intent, fraudulently obtaining food and three counts of breaching court orders.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Jim Walsh went along with the recommendation made by defence lawyer Jon Noonan.

Crown prosecutor Shawn Patten had suggested a nine- to 12-month jail term.

Spencer was first arrested in the fall of 2012 when he broke into Maverick Sports and Collectables on Water Street in the capital city on Oct. 27, 2012, and stole $2,000 worth of items.

He was released from custody after that incident, but was back behind bars earlier this year, when he went to The Grumpy Stump pub and left without paying his $81 tab.

He was denied bail on the latest charge and spent 41 days in custody.

Noonan told the judge that Spencer had a difficult family background, has a serious alcohol addiction and a history of anxiety.

Conditions of his sentence include that he adhere to a curfew, abstain from drugs and alcohol and participate in counselling. He’s not permitted to enter any establishment that sells alcohol, including restaurants.

As part of his probation conditions, Spencer was ordered to pay back $2,000 to Maverick Sports and $81 to Grumpy Stump.

He was also ordered to stay away from those two businesses.

Walsh reminded Spencer that if he breaches any of the conditions, he will be back in jail.

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Geographic location: Water Street

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