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Excessive speeding leads to large fine for Barrhead-area man

Barrhead Court of Justice briefs, Sept. 12
Barrhead Provincial Court (VM)

BARRHEAD - A Barrhead-area man received a $1,500 fine after he pleaded guilty to driving with excessive speed.

Justice Jeffery Champion handed down the fine during a Sept 12 Barrhead Court of Justice session to Jason Edward Bradley Allcock, giving him until Dec. 14 to pay. The Crown also withdrew a charge of operating an unregistered motor vehicle. 

The Crown noted that police clocked Allcock going 172 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on Highway 651.

Allcock asked for additional time to pay the fine, noting he was his household's sole income earner. 

"I don't know how long it will take, but I will pay some (when I can)," he said.

And although Champion said he could appreciate Allcock's situation, he said under the circumstances, "his family could have paid a much more significant price for that type of driving."

Municipal bylaw infraction

Justice Champion gave a Barrhead man a $1,000 fine for violating the County of Barrhead's Dog Control Bylaw, giving him until May 14, 2024, to pay the fine in full.

Michael James Joseph Martin pleaded guilty to violating Section 10.4, causing damage to other animals. 

Justice Champion asked Thiesen Taylor Crow, who appeared on behalf of the municipality if the bylaw specified a penalty for the offence.

He replied no, saying the bylaw only had a minimum sentence but that the "plea is pursuant to the Crown agreeing to seek a fine of $1,000."

Martin asked for an extended time to pay the fine, saying he was attending school and "living on student loans."

Champion said he could apply for an extension if he needed more time to pay.

However, he said the court liked to see that people were making an effort to pay their fines and suggested that Martin make payments towards the total when possible.

Barry Kerton,

Barry Kerton

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Barry Kerton is the managing editor of the Barrhead Leader, joining the paper in 2014. He covers news, municipal politics and sports.
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