Court briefs – April 18

A suspect has been arrested and charged in the April 15 armed bank robbery in Eckville.

Man charged with bank robbery

A suspect has been arrested and charged in the April 15 armed bank robbery in Eckville.

Christopher Cory Zuberbier, 31, of Benalto has been charged with robbery, disguise with intent, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and dangerous driving under the criminal code.

Sylvan Lake RCMP say a masked person wielded a knife at a bank teller and demanded the teller hand over the money around 9:57 a.m. at the Alberta Treasury Branch in Eckville on April 15. An eyewitness identified an older 1988 Oldsmobile in connection with the crime.

The Rocky Mountain House, Rimbey, Red Deer Rural RCMP detachments, Red Deer Police Dog Services joined forces to set up a search perimeter for the vehicle. A previous investigation by Sylvan Lake RCMP, extended the search to the Town of Sylvan Lake.

The vehicle was located around 11:26 a.m. in south Sylvan Lake. Zuberbier was arrested as he exited the vehicle. The Red Deer RCMP Forensic Identification Section and the Sylvan Lake RCMP searched the car and recovered the stolen loot and other items.

Zuberbier is in police custody and will appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on April 18 at 9:30 a.m. for a judicial interim release hearing.


Impaired driver handed lifetime driving ban

Numerous drunk driving convictions have earned a man a lifetime driving ban and more time in jail, Red Deer court heard Friday.

Raymond Alfred Gadd, 34, of Red Deer was handed the lifetime ban after pleading guilty to his 11th drunk driving related charge.

Gadd, was handed 18 more months in a federal jail when he also pleaded guilty to stealing a vehicle valued at more than $5,000 and two counts of failing to comply with court orders.

Gadd, who appeared on closed-circuit television, was stopped on March 18 and refused to provide a breath sample for police.

Gadd was already serving a federal jail term in Alberta and was on parole at the time. He now has a total of 26 months to serve.

The accused had nine drunk driving convictions and another conviction for driving while disqualified.


Fraud artist jailed, ordered to pay restitution

A travelling insurance salesman, who bilked customers out of $250,000 in such communities as Pine Lake and Rocky Mountain House was jailed and ordered to pay restitution this week.

Calgary fraud artist Bernard Archie Davidson was sentenced to 22 months in jail and ordered to make restitution in the sum of $247,400 on Wednesday.

Davidson pleaded guilty in May to 13 fraud charges relating to incidents throughout Alberta between September 2000, and April, 2002.

Charges were laid in 2009 by the Edmonton RCMP commercial crime section.

Davidson convinced customers he’d met while working as a travelling insurance salesman to invest in his own company, B.A. Davidson and Associates.

Instead of delivering profits, Davidson kept most of the cash, periodically paying out some money to leave the impression the investments were legitimate.

Other frauds occurred in Eaglesham, Forestburg, High River and Islay.


Man jailed for sex assault

A man who sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl was sentenced to more jail time in provincial court on Friday.

The name of the 33-year-old man is banned because he was the girl’s stepfather at the time of the Jan. 1, 2004, offence.

The accused was sentenced to a total of eight months in jail but will only serve another 1 1/2 months since he has been in custody six months since his arrest. He pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with a minor. A charge of sexual assault was withdrawn.

Court heard the accused lured the girl out of bed early in the morning to come into the living room where he assaulted her. The incident was isolated and no other assaults were reported.

He was also placed on probation for two years and ordered to surrender a sample of his DNA to authorities. His name will also be placed on the Canada-wide Sex Offender Information Registry Act for 10 years.


Man to spend seven more months in jail

A Bowden Institution inmate who walked away from the jail more than two years ago because he said he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, was given another seven months in jail on Friday.

Michael Rudolph Horyn, 43, pleaded guilty to being unlawfully at large when he appeared in Red Deer provincial court.

Horyn walked away from Bowden’s farm annex on Dec. 18, 2008.

A charge of escaping custody was withdrawn by Crown prosecutor Robin Joudrey.

RCMP from several detachments and Canada Corrections staff tracked Horyn down in Bowden by following footprints in snow. He was found about 45 minutes after being reported missing.

Horyn had been in jail for seven years at the time of the escape, serving an 11-year sentence for scores of break and enters and had just been transferred to the minimum security area that day, he told Judge Jim Hunter.

The inmate said he was experiencing post-traumatic stress after he suffered a severe beating at Drumheller Institution in 2004.

Horyn said he was airlifted to a Calgary hospital and was in a coma for two days and hospitalized for a few weeks. He was diagnosed by a psychiatrist in August 2009 to be suffering post-traumatic stress.

He said his sentence was running smoothly after he was transferred to Bowden later in 2004 but it fell apart in 2008 when one of his alleged Drumheller assailants showed up in the Bowden prison population.

Horyn said on the morning he was being transferred to the farm annex his alleged assailant threatened him.

Horyn said he was very upset and didn’t recall leaving the farm annex to walk into the nearby village.

Court heard Horyn had been prescribed some medication for his stress and anxiety but that didn’t work so he stopped taking it.

He said the “stress forced me to act impulsively.”

He also blamed the institution for his situation but Hunter said he took that “with a grain of salt.”

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Man jailed for sword attack

arly severed another man’s main neck artery with a sword was sentenced to a federal jail term on Friday.

Dylan Cameron Huhn, 21, was jailed for five and one half years less time served when he appeared in Red Deer provincial court.

Huhn, who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault on March 17, will serve another four years and 10 months in jail since he has been in custody since the Sept. 4, 2010, incident at a house party in Red Deer.

The near-fatal sword attack in September saw the victim, a Rocky Mountain House man who was 22 at the time of the attack, suffer deep and wide gashes to his neck, back and torso from the attack that occurred outside, in north Red Deer, around 4:10 a.m.

Judge Jim Hunter said the sword slashes came within a few millimetres of cutting the victim’s major neck artery.

Huhn had come to the house party armed with the sword and was showing it off when he became involved in a fight. He slashed the victim several times and also slashed another man across the back cutting him.

“This was a traumatizing and life-changing event for both of them,” Hunter said.

Hunter noted Huhn was already on release for an attack on June 4, 2009, when he attacked another man with a baseball bat. He pleaded guilty to assault earlier in that incident.

Huhn also pleaded guilty to failure to comply with a court condition not to consume alcohol.

Hunter emphasized one of his duties was to send a message to the public that those who carry and use knives must be deterred.

In his victim-impact statement, the Rocky man said earlier he is still traumatized, can’t sleep, has no feeling on the left side of his head and still suffers pain.

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