Thursday July 10, 2014

More jail for offender - excuses don't fly with judge

An offender who pleaded guilty - but has an explanation for everything - was sentenced to five months of new time in jail.

Dustin Sigouin, 40, pleaded guilty Monday to attempted theft, assault, breach of a court order and possession of stolen property.

He has a long criminal record for similar offences.

Sigouin was seen on video on Sept. 2 outside Chances gaming centre on Ord Road going through two unlocked cars. He didn't steal anything, telling police he was thirsty and looking for water.

On Oct. 7, he grabbed his then-girlfriend by the waist, an assault, but said it came amid a heated argument and was not aggressive.

Sigouin pleaded guilty to breaching a court order by later contacting the woman - what he said was an attempt to return some of her belongings, not to convince her to avoid testifying in a trial against him.

And on Nov. 30, Sigouin was found by RCMP with a Toyota Corolla stolen the night before from a North Shore home. He told his lawyer, Ken Sommerfeld, he didn't steal the car, along with $10 and a bottle of vodka. Instead, a friend gave him the car to drive.

He pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property for being in possession of the car.

"He tends to get caught for most things he does," Sommerfeld said, calling him "child-like."

While Sigouin has a 20-year record, Sommerfeld argued unsuccessfully for a conditional sentence, saying a recent gap of nearly three years while he was on methadone shows he is capable of changing.

But Judge Len Marchand said jail is necessary in light of the number of offences.

"While I give you credit for taking steps in the right direction, I conclude a conditional sentence is not appropriate in your case."

Sigouin has been in jail for a month.

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