Judge to decide sentence Wednesday for break-ins, thefts

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PICTOU – A 33-year-man pleaded with a provincial court judge during his sentencing hearing Monday not to send him back to jail. 

Paul Ivan Jeans Jr. told Judge Del Atwood that spending that last month in jail while waiting for sentencing on numerous break-and-enter charges has scared him enough to stay out of trouble in the future.

“Please don’t send me back to jail,” he said, adding that he was threatened by people telling him they were going to light him on fire and beat him in his sleep.

“I made myself a promise that if I got out, I wouldn’t go back. I will do two and half years of house arrest if I have to. It was the worst mistake I made in my life and I want to be home.”

Jeans Jr. pleaded guilty to 11 break-and-enter charges related to a rash of break-ins from boats at the Pictou Marina this fall. He also breached two court orders by texting, calling and Facebooking his former girlfriend after being ordered to have no contact with her.

Crown attorney Jody McNeill said Pictou County RCMP received word of the break-and-enters on Sept. 12 after some boat owners noticed doors to their cabins opened and some items missing.

Eleven boats in total were broken into at the marina and items taken range from bags of potato chips to flashlights to binoculars and pocket lighters. 

RCMP obtained video footage from the Pictou Justice Centre, located across from the marina, and identified Jeans pushing a wheelbarrow from the marina at 3 a.m. that morning.

Not long after the break-ins were reported, Jeans walked into the Pictou RCMP detachment with a grocery bag containing some of the items reported missing from the boats.

A search of Jeans’s residence turned up many more items including 11 fishing rods, tackle boxes, towels, blankets, binoculars, VHS cassettes, small flashlights, a kite, water bottles and garden spade.

Blue latex gloves were also found in the home that police say Jeans used when he committed the break-and-enters.

McNeill said Jeans told police he started stealing when he 15 years old and “gets a rush from it” and believes he is “very good at it.”

A Capital Health mental health assessment indicated that Jeans might suffer from adult ADHD, but the defence says his mother is convinced there is something much more serious wrong with her son.

Stephen Robertson told the court that Jeans’s mother said she has been trying to get him in for psychiatric help because he often makes up stories about things that haven’t happened.

For example, Robertson said, he told the police he learned how to be a good thief by watching shoplifters while working as a security guard at the mall, but his mother says he never had such a job.

Robertson said his client also took petty items from the boats when laptop computers and expensive GPS systems were left behind.

“He put himself at a great deal of risk to take coins and flashlights,” he said. “The crimes took some deliberation, but it was not crime-orientated at a high profit gain. It was just a rush to be there, not to get caught.”

He said his client doesn't use drugs or alcohol, but is instead a naïve offender who didn't realize the big consequences of his acts.

The Crown has asked Atwood to consider a sentence of 12 months in custody, but Robertson said his client deserves much less time.  

Atwood reserved his sentencing decision until Wednesday so he would have time to consider the arguments from both the Crown and defence.

Organizations: RCMP, Pictou Justice Centre

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