For South Peace News
On March 24, Darcy Lane Weesemat was sentenced to 261 days, which equalled time already served in custody.
He was also ordered to submit a DNA sample. Individual sentences ranged from 15 to 30 days. Some were consecutive and others concurrent.
Weesemat, who was born in 1993 in McLennan, appeared in Slave Lake provincial court via closed-circuit video from Peace River Correctional Centre.
Weesemat pleaded guilty to 12 crimes. The Crown withdrew eight other charges. Judge G.R. Ambrose was presiding.
Throughout the period of the crimes from July 4, 2019 to Oct. 1, 2020, Weesemat was under conditions to have no contact with the victim. She was his ex domestic partner. He was also under conditions not to be at her home in Atikameg.
Court heard that on July 4, 2019, Weesemat was outside his ex’s home, said the Crown. He pushed so hard on a front window that he broke the window and screen. He then tried to enter the home through the window but his ex kept him out by holding up a tyke’s car.
Weesemat eventually entered through the front door and took their toddler. The child was later returned to the mother by a neighbour. The child did not appear to be harmed.
The child was about three at the time, Weesemat said.
Weesemat pleaded guilty to mischief damage and breach of a no contact condition.
On Sept. 19, 2019, Weesemat texted his ex and threatened to kill her, alleged the Crown.
On Nov. 2, 2019, a third-party contacted the police saying that Weesemat’s ex had asked her to tell the police that Weesemat was in her home, said the Crown. Police attended and found Weesemat in her home.
On July 18, 2020, Weesemat was again at his ex’s home, said the Crown. When she told him that he would have to find someone else to pick up their child, he threatened to kill her.
Also, in July 2020, she was in the High Prairie hospital and Weesemat approached her, said the Crown.
On Oct. 1, 2020, the RCMP pulled over a vehicle in High Prairie, said the Crown. Weesemat was a passenger and his ex was driving.
During this time, he also breached in other ways.
On July 2, 2020, Weesemat was on conditions to be in his home in High Prairie from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., said the Crown. At around 5 a.m. that morning, police found Weesemat in the parking lot of an Edmonton liquor store. He was arguing with another person. It appeared that a fight was about to begin.
Weesemat was on probation and bail conditions. He failed to report four times.
Weesemat’s criminal record was admitted as evidence.
“It isn’t lengthy, but it does show a recent pattern of breaches,” said the Crown.
Weesemat lost his mother, brother, and sister in a car accident when he was a child, said the defence. His father was also in the vehicle and spent a year in hospital recovering. Afterward, Weesemat was shunted between relatives. He has substance abuse and alcohol issues.
The mischief [breaking the window] is “more akin to a forceful entry,” said Judge Ambrose during sentencing.
The pattern of crimes is concerning, added the judge, noting repeated threats, and repeated contact, which for the most part was unwanted by the victim.