By Shurtz, Delon on November 2, 2019.
Just after midnight on Sept. 18, a Lethbridge resident living in the Fairmont area heard his car alarm go off. When his son went outside to investigate, Joshua Ryan
McArthur was high-tailing it down the street.
What followed was a pursuit over several blocks before the complainant’s son finally tackled McArthur to the ground. McArthur pulled a small folding knife from his pocket, but his assailant disarmed him and held him until police arrived and made an arrest.
During a hearing Friday in Lethbridge provincial court, McArthur, 24, pleaded guilty to single counts of assault with a weapon, possession of stolen property under $5,000, and failure to comply with a probation order.
McArthur was sentenced to six months in jail – with credit for 45 days spent in pre-disposition custody – prohibited from possessing weapons for five years, and ordered to submit a sample of his DNA for the National DNA Databank.
Crown prosecutor Bruce Ainscough told court that when police arrested McArthur he was in possession of stolen documents. They also discovered he was on probation and had previously been ordered not to possess any weapons.
Ainscough pointed out McArthur has a lengthy criminal record, including convictions for theft, assault and property offences.
Lethbridge lawyer Vincent Guinan explained his client suffers from schizophrenia and relies on financial assistance through AISH )Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped). He said McArthur’s drug addictions led to many of the property offences, as well as problems with his family, but he hopes he’ll get clean while he’s in jail and then get help after he’s out.
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