Client pled guilty to lessor offence of aggravated assault, down from 1st degree murder. Youthful offender who had less moral culpability than others charged in the death of the victim, who had shown remorse and had begun treatment for his alcohol problems. Notwithstanding his convictions for impaired driving and multiple breach of his release terms while awaiting his trial on this matter the Court was satisfied that his sentence could be served in the community. Sentence imposed of 2 years less a day, with 12 months of house arrest. 6 months probation to follow.
July 2, 2009