R v Putt, 2013 CanLII 53023 (NLPC)

This is a sentencing decision. The accused pled guilty to the offences of uttering a threat to harm a person, to damage property and to kill an animal (a snake), and of failing to comply with a probation order, contrary to sections 264.1(1)(a)-(c) and 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code.

The event that led to the charges began with Putt yelling at the victims, threatening to “slit their throats”, to kill their pets, to break in all the windows in the victim’s motor vehicle and to “blow up” the other victim’s apartment. Putt then retrieved a baseball bat from a truck and starting swinging it. He moved toward the victims and threatened to break their legs. At the time, Putt was on probation for a previous offence of uttering a threat.

Putt’s criminal record consists of 14 convictions between 1995 and 2012. He has one prior conviction of uttering a threat, three prior convictions for assault and eight prior convictions for having breached court orders.

The accused is sentenced to a period of six months imprisonment, minus 23 days credit for pre-sentence custody, followed by a period of 12 months probation. Within this sentence was the individual sentence of two months imprisonment for threatening to kill an animal.

Source: Case Law

Jurisdiction: Newfoundland and Labrador

Topics: criminalCriminal Codeguiltyguilty pleaImprisonmentprobationsentenceSentencing Hearingsnakethreatuttering a threat to kill an animal

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