Councillor in family dispute on probation for year

County of Stettler Coun. Joe Gendre of Erskine was placed on one-year probation last Thursday in Stettler Provincial Court.

County of Stettler Coun. Joe Gendre of Erskine was placed on one-year probation last Thursday in Stettler Provincial Court.

In sentencing Gendre, the judge dropped charges of mischief to property and assault.

Those charges were laid after Gendre broke the driver’s door window of his 17-year-old stepdaughter’s vehicle during a family dispute, court testimony revealed.

Gendre was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

After sentencing, the councillor commented on his case outside the courtroom.

“It is time parents were given rights to parent,” said Gendre, who first appeared in court last October.

“At that time, I was quoted (in this newspaper) that I was embarrassed.

“No parent or husband should be embarrassed in keeping his vows to his wife and keeping his children out of harm.”

In other court news:

A former Bashaw man is slated to spend another seven weeks in jail.

Dairl Landon Graham, 26, now of Camrose, was sentenced to 60 days in jail — less 11 days already served — for being unlawful in a residence April 1 when he entered his former Bashaw home to collect his belongings without the owner’s permission.

Graham, who entered the house via the balcony, was on a three-year probation at the time of the offence.

“You have violated many court orders and your track record is terrible,” Judge David Plosz told Graham, who appeared on closed-circuit TV from the Red Deer Remand Centre.

Shortly after the owner returned home, Graham didn’t comply to leave the property.

“It’s extremely stupid what he did,” said Crown prosecutor Murray McPherson, who noted Graham has had significant charges on his criminal record.

Two weeks earlier, Graham was fined $900 for breaking curfew on his probation after his return home from Edmonton was delayed when a vehicle ran out of gas.

Earl Raymong Haywood, 39, of Didsbury was fined $1,150 for possession of stolen property when he took a horse saddle with sentimental value from a farm near Erskine last Aug. 31.

“You’re a crook who hasn’t changed,” Judge Plosz told Haywood.

“If you keep this up, you’re going away for a while.”

The saddle was later returned to the owner.

Bexten Mbatia Maina, 32, of Red Deer was placed on one-year probation for a charge of assault when he placed a co-worker in a headlock after he was told not to drop a steel beam on the job in January.

“We all have difference of opinion,” the judge said. “You’ve got to keep your cool. It could have become more serious. That’s no way to deal with it. Fortunately, other people helped to stop it from getting out of hand.”

The accused lost his job as a result of the incident, court was told.

Jutee Banto was placed on one-year probation and banned from Canalta Hotel in Stettler for “sexually approaching” a female victim.

Tyler James Benoit was fined $115 each for transporting open liquor and for an equipment violation.

Taylor O’Reilly-Schuler was also fined $115 for transporting open liquor.