A homeless man diagnosed with schizophrenia was given 90 days in jail after resisting arrest and breaching court-ordered provisions that he not carry weapons.
Judge Hermann Rohrmoser also sentenced Patrick Paul-Prescott to one year of probation.
RCMP saw Paul-Prescott on Victoria Street on Jan.10. He turned and walked the other way after spotting police, said Crown prosecutor Stephen Lawhead.
Lawhead said the RCMP member caught up to the 25-year-old man and spotted a folding knife in his pocket, contrary to court-ordered conditions that he not possess weapons.
He resisted arrest and grappled with the officer, who finally subdued him. Police also found Paul-Prescott with a crowbar, screwdrivers and another instrument typically used to break into vehicles. He’s been in jail since.
Rohrmoser agreed with a joint submission by the Crown and defence lawyer Rob Bruneau.
Bruneau said his client has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
“He tells me at the time he was suffering side effects and decided to go off medication.”
He said Paul-Prescott was homeless and living in a tent beside the river at the time. He was given 14 days credit for time already served in jail.