Court briefs – May 28

A man who tried to escape the clutches of two store security officers by grabbing them sexually was jailed and placed on probation on Friday. Darwin Young, 38, of Red Deer, received a 90-day sentence and was placed on probation for a year during a sentence hearing in Red Deer provincial court.

Shoplifter jailed for sexual assault

A man who tried to escape the clutches of two store security officers by grabbing them sexually was jailed and placed on probation on Friday.

Darwin Young, 38, of Red Deer, received a 90-day sentence and was placed on probation for a year during a sentence hearing in Red Deer provincial court.

Young was convicted at a trial earlier this year of two counts of sexual assault and one count of theft of less than $5,000.

He will serve another 53 days in jail on weekends after spending 37 days in custody following his arrest last July 16.

Young was trying to shoplift at a department store when he was nabbed by two store security officers.

While trying to escape, he grabbed the female officer by the breasts and exposed them to people who had gathered to watch the incident.

Young also grabbed the male in a sexual nature, Crown prosecutor Rod Clark of Wetaskiwin said.

Skinner said although the grabbing and exposing wasn’t done for sexual gratification, he did the acts in public.

“You used physical force in an attempt to flee the scene,” Skinner told Young, who is a large man weighing about 106 kg (230 pounds) and standing about 1.88 metres ( six feet, two inches) tall.

Young’s name is also placed on a Canada-wide sex offender registry for 10 years and he must surrender a sample of his DNA.


Woman receives conditional discharge

A woman involved in the theft of dozens of vehicles from a Red Deer vehicle dealership received a conditional discharge Friday.

Sandra Chen, 31, who now lives in Airdrie, pleaded guilty to taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and was sentenced to a six-month conditional discharge and probation.

She was also ordered to repay $12,500 to a Calgary man who was one of several victims duped in the scam, which saw about 50 vehicles illegally sold from Southside Dodge Chrysler Jeep and RV Centre in late 2007.

Nine other charges including theft and fraud were withdrawn against Chen, who acted for a Southside employee by securing a customer to purchase a new vehicle for less than half its original value.

Judge Bert Skinner said Chen acted with “wilful blindness” and should have known something was amiss.

Rocky man charged with manslaughter remains in custody

A man from the Rocky Mountain House area remains in custody on a manslaughter charge after reserving his plea on Thursday in Rocky provincial court.

Michael Thivierge, 54, returns to court on Wednesday in Rocky to possibly enter a plea.

He was charged by Rocky RCMP and detectives from the RCMP’s major crime squad on May 19 after another Rocky-area man was found stabbed to death.

Chester Shearer, 64, was found dead at a rural residence on Hwy 752 near Cow Lake, about 15 km southwest of Rocky, on May 18.

The accused was taken into custody and police confirmed earlier that he knew the victim.