The man with a scissor needs to get advice


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A Sault Ste. Man Marie needs some advice to deal with his anger after putting a chisel to a friend’s chest during an argument last fall.

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Calvin Harper attended his acquaintance’s apartment in Terry Fox Square on September 24, 2020, Ontario Court Judge Romuald Kwolek heard Tuesday morning in an online hearing.

He started arguing with the man and held the chisel to his chest, Deputy Crown Attorney Stuart Woods said. The man dropped the chisel from Harper’s hand.

“The chisel did not come into contact with (the victim),” defense attorney Eric McCooeye said.

Harper then punched the man in the face several times. The victim put Harper in a strangulation and managed to get Harper out of his unit. The police were called. The victim was found with a small cut on his lower lip and bruises around his left eye, Woods said. Harper was on probation at the time and had to keep the peace. He pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon and breach of his probation.

Defense attorney Eric McCooeye said the two were “friends at one point.” Harper believed the victim had part of his property that he was trying to sell.

“It’s not as it seems, some sort of home invasion,” McCooeye told the court. “It’s just that two friends had an argument. Mr. Harper has gone too far.

A joint submission accepted by Kwolek asks Harper to serve a 90-day conditional sentence at his western residence. He can only leave for specific reasons, including work, a medical emergency, and advice. Harper must avoid places his victim is known to frequent. He cannot have alcohol or other intoxicants. Harper can go out on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. for the necessities of life.

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McCooeye said his client had a job and had the support of his family.

“He has a lot of reasons to do well now,” he said.

Harper will be on probation for 12 months after his conditional sentence. He has to donate a DNA sample and has a lifetime ban on owning weapons.

“There appears to be a record of violence,” Woods said, noting that Harper was convicted of robbery in 2019.

Kwolek told Harper that he hopes the conditional sentence “will help you in your rehabilitation to become a productive member of the community and a proud member of your First Nation.”

“I hope this sentence helps you stay out of trouble,” Kwolek said.

Harper has 12 months to pay a victim fine surcharge of $ 300.

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