October 23rd, 2020

Man sentenced, scolded for offences

By Shurtz, Delon on October 30, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald


Darcy Douglas Bonneau received a jail sentence and a tongue lashing Tuesday after pleading guilty in Lethbridge court to several criminal offences.

Bonneau was sentenced to three weeks in jail after he pleaded guilty to mischief causing damage, pulling a fire alarm, failing to comply with release conditions and obstructing a peace officer, stemming from offences at the Lethbridge homeless shelter earlier this year.

Bonneau was at the shelter last April when he asked for food but was told he’d have to wait. He became aggressive, yelled and threatened to pull the fire alarm. He eventually did pull it, and the fire department was dispatched.

“Everybody had to be removed from the shelter,” Crown prosecutor Bruce Ainscough pointed out.

When police arrived, Bonneau was outside and greeted them with his arms outstretched, ready to be handcuffed.

The next day Bonneau returned to the shelter and began banging on doors. He picked up a rock and threw it at a window, smashing it and causing about $300 in damage. Again he held out his hands to be handcuffed by police.

Bonneau, who was banned from returning to the shelter, returned July 12 and demanded a pizza. Staff warned him that he wasn’t allowed to be there and he threatened to break another window with a rock. When police arrived he had a rock in his hand, but instead of throwing it, he jumped on a bike and attempted to flee.

An officer grabbed him, but this time Bonneau didn’t readily submit. He became aggressive and “squared off” as if to fight the officer before he was finally arrested.

Bonneau apologized, but Judge Gregory Maxwell reprimanded him for his behaviour, and said workers at the shelter “simply shouldn’t have to deal with this type of behaviour.”

In addition to his three-week jail sentence, for which Bonneau was given full credit for time already served, he was also ordered to pay the shelter several hundred dollars for the cost of the fire department’s response to the false alarm.

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