Taking law into own hands brings suspended sentence

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PICTOU – An 18-year-old man charged with assault was reminded by a provincial court judge that taking the law into his own hands is never a good idea.

Jacob Lunn was charged with assault in connection with an incident on Oct. 25, 2013. The court was told that he and another girl lured another man to a wooded trail and assaulted him in an attempt to recover some money he thought the victim took from him.

During the assault, another girl was sprayed in the face with dog spray.

Lunn was handed a suspended sentence with nine months’ probation by Provincial Court Judge Del Atwood but not before he reminded the young man that he should have turned the police for help if he thought something was stolen from him.

"People who take the law into their own hands usually end up in this court," he said, adding the incident could have ended in a robbery charge for Lunn if had actually taken anything out of the victim's backpack.

"If you have a grudge or beef, don't settle it on your own," he said.

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