Repeat offender handed prison sentence

A repeat offender with a long list of convictions will have more time behind bars to consider the consequences of his actions.

  • Nov. 7, 2016 3:00 p.m.
Revelstoke court.

Revelstoke court.

A repeat offender with a long list of convictions will have more time behind bars to consider the consequences of his actions.

Trevor Boyd Scott was handed a total of 300 days in jail, minus credited days for time served, in Revelstoke court last week.

The sentence was determined by judge Richard Hewson after Scott plead guilty to charges of break and enter, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license.

The charges stem from a May 3 incident in Revelstoke in which Scott was at the house of an acquaintance.

Crown counsel Mariane Armstrong stated Scott, armed with a bat, had broken the front door to gain access. Police were called to the scene but Scott had left in a vehicle. The vehicle was later spotted on the side of a road by Sicamous RCMP, who told the suspect to stop. Instead, Scott fled into woods. A police dog was brought in and Scott was apprehended.

It was noted the police dog had bit Scott in the area of another bite he received from an Edmonton police dog.

In consideration of a conditional sentence, Armstrong noted Scott’s numerous past convictions include 10 for breaches of probation, and argued he “simply isn’t someone, when given the keys to his own cell, can be trusted to comply.”

Defence lawyer Ian McTavish acknowledged Scott’s record is deplorable, that he “did what he wanted to and be darned with the law.”

McTavish represented Scott in September when Scott received a six-month jail sentence for assault causing bodily harm. Since that time, McTavish said the 36-year-old Scott has thought a lot about his life and his past actions, and that he had expressed a desire to change.

Scott called the May 3 incident unfortunate, and that he was still friends with the home’s owner. He said the last six months have taken a toll on him, and that he wanted to get his life back.

“There’s some pretty crazy people going through the jail system I’m not one of them… I have no time for it anymore,” said Scott.

Hewson said he hoped Scott could do that, adding he’s already spent the best years of his life in jail, “and that’s a shame.”

But, in considering Scott’s “alarmingly bad record,” Hewson was reluctant to grant a conditional sentence.

In addition to the jail time, Scott is required to pay victim surcharges totalling $600.