By Lethbridge Herald on June 2, 2015.
A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison, but he won’t have to spend another day behind bars.
Shoul Akayj Dang pleaded guilty Monday in Lethbridge Court of Queen’s Bench to breaking into a home and committing an indictable offence, unlawful use of an imitation firearm, and being disguised while committing an indictable offence. He was sentenced to 1,000 days in jail but given full credit for time spent in custody since the offences three years ago.
Court was told Dang was part of a scheme to break into a Lethbridge home to retrieve items allegedly belonging to a man who had previously been a roommate in the home. A woman was also in on the plan and after fooling the owner into letting her move into the home, she got the door key and code for the alarm, then handed them over to two men so they could break in.
On May 16, 2012 the homeowner returned home to find Dang and another man inside and a struggle ensued, during which the unidentified man pulled out an imitation handgun, and Dang grabbed a golf club and began swinging it.
The Crown pointed out Dang was on drugs at the time and doesn’t remember the incident, but he acknowledged that his DNA was found in the home. In addition to his jail sentence, Dang is also prohibited from possessing firearms for 10 years.
“He blames no one for what he’s done,” Dang’s lawyer said.
Justin David Prasad, the former roommate, pleaded guilty last week to a single count of being unlawfully in a dwelling house and was given a two-year conditional sentence with six months of house arrest. He did not actually participate in the breakin. Another man was given a discharge following a preliminary hearing last year, and a woman, Kathy Swanson, is scheduled for trial later this year.
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