CORNER BROOK — A Nova Scotian man who had 56 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his car when stopped by the police in western Newfoundland has been given two years, less one day, of house arrest.
Robert Edward Burke, 34, was arrested after a search of his vehicle on the Trans-Canada Highway near St. Jude’s in March 2010 uncovered the drugs.
He recently entered a guilty plea to possessing a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking. At his sentencing hearing, Judge Wayne Gorman endorsed a joint submission from the Crown and defence that sought a conditional period of imprisonment for two years less one day.
Burke has no prior convictions, works full-time as a coil tubing operator and his job requires him to travel to Alberta often. A pre-sentence report prepared for the court indicated that Burke viewed the offence he committed as “very wrong” and that he was a student struggling financially at the time of the offence.
Gorman said, based on the pre-sentence report, Burke’s prospects for rehabilitation are realistic, there is a good chance he will not re-offend and he does not constitute a danger to the safety of the community.
“I conclude that any risk which exists can be reasonably managed through the imposition of conditions in a conditional sentence order,” Gorman said in his written decision on the case.