Recent Courts Martial results

KINGSTON, Ont. – On September 15, 2017 Officer Cadet Oscar Morgado was found guilty and sentenced to a $1500 fine and a reprimand at a standing court martial.  Military Judge Commander Martin Pelletier accepted Officer Cadet Morgado’s plea of guilty to the charge of behaving in a disgraceful manner. The charge of sexual assault was withdrawn.

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – On September 15, 2017 Master Corporal Gregory Young was found not guilty on two charges of ill-treatment of a subordinate at a standing court martial. Military Judge Commander Sandra Sukstorf presided over the trial, which began on September 11, 2017.

COURCELETTE, Que. – On September 12, 2017 Private Antonin Ladet was found guilty and sentenced to a $3000 fine and reduction in rank from Corporal to Private at a standing court martial in Courcelette, Que.Chief Military Colonel Judge Mario Dutil accepted Private Ladet’s plea of guilty on one charge of using violence against a superior officer, one count of using threatening language to a superior officer, and one count of using insulting language to a superior officer. Three charges under Section 130 of the NDA, were withdrawn by the prosecution.

VICTORIA, B.C. – On August 28, 2017 Lieutenant (Navy) Michael Makow was found not guilty at a standing court martial on two charges of negligently performed a duty imposed to him and two charges of neglect to the prejudice of good order and discipline. Chief Military Colonel Judge Mario Dutil presided over the trial, which commenced on August 28, 2017. 

GATINEAU, Que. – On August 28, 2017 Commander Darrin Hopkie was found guilty and sentenced to a fine of $500 at a standing court martial in Gatineau, Quebec. Military Judge Lieutenant-Colonel Louis-Vincent d’Auteuil found Cdr Hopkie guilty on one charge of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline.

KENTVILLE, N.S. – On August 3, 2017 Corporal G. Rollman was found not guilty at a standing court martial on not guilty of one charge of striking a superior officer and two charges of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline. Military Judge Commander Sandra Sukstorf presided over the trial, which commenced on July 31, 2017. 

TROIS-RIVIÈRES, Que. – On July 19, 2017, Able Seaman Nicholas De Nobile was found guilty and sentenced to a reduction in rank from Master Seaman to Able Seaman at a standing court martial in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. Chief Military Judge Colonel Mario Dutil found AB De Nobile guilty on one charge of stealing related to offences that took place between December 2014 and February 2015 at Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Radisson in Trois-Rivières.

COLD LAKE, Alta. – On July 5, 2017, Ex-Cpl Robert Stuart was found guilty and sentenced to a severe reprimand and reduction in rank from Corporal to Aviator at a general court martial in Cold Lake, Alberta. Military Judge Commander Sandra Sukstorf, found Ex-Cpl Stuart guilty on two charges related to offences that took place between January 2016 and March 2016 at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta.

OROMOCTO, N.B.Sergeant Ryan Ogston was sentenced to a $200 reprimand and 30 day stoppage of leave at a standing court martial on June 20, 2017. Military Judge Commander Sandra Sukstorf found Sgt. Ogston guilty on one charge of an act to the prejudice of good order and discipline. Sgt. Ogston was found not guilty on an additional charge of an act to the prejudice of good order and discipline and one charge of negligent performance of a military duty.

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Que.Corporal Y. Bellevue was sentenced to a reprimand and a $2000 fine at a standing court martial on June 13, 2017. Chief Military Judge Colonel Mario Dutil accepted Cpl. Bellevue’s plea of guilty of two charges of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm s. 264.l (l) of the Criminal Code tried under paragraph 130 of the National Defence Act. The other charges were withdrawn. 

YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T.Warrant Officer Bruce Dowe Corporal Bellevue was sentenced to a reprimand and received a $2000 at a general court martial on June 6, 2017. Chief Military Judge Colonel Mario Dutil found W.O. Dowe guilty of one charge of drunkenness. A second charge -- for negligent performance of a military duty -- was withdrawn.

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Que. – The charges against Private Keven Bédard were withdrawn.

GREENWOOD, N.S.Corporal Daryl Whaley was sentenced to 14 days of detention and a $3000 fine at a standing court martial by Military Judge Commander Sandra Sukstorf on May 30, 2017. Cpl Whaley was found guilty of one count of trafficking in property obtained by crime, one count of improperly selling public property and one count of stealing when entrusted, by reason of his appointment, with the custody, control or distribution of the thing stolen. A second charge of trafficking in property obtained by crime was stayed, while he was found not guilty of one charge of theft.

MONTREAL, Que.Second Lieutenant Behrang Ghaffari was sentenced to a reprimand and a $1000 fine at a standing court martial on May 29, 2017. Military Judge Commander Martin Pelletier found 2Lt Ghaffari guilty on one charge of a fight with a person, subject to the Code of Service Discipline and one charge of using provoking speech toward a person, subject to the Code of Service Discipline. A third charge – for assault – was stayed.

LONDON, Ont.Petty Officer 2nd Class James Wilks was sentenced to nine months in prison by Chief Military Judge Colonel Mario Dutil on May 25, 2017. In February 2017, PO2 Wilks was found guilty of one charge of sexual assault and four charges of breach of trust by a public officer. PO2 Wilks was found not guilty of four other charges of breach of trust by a public officer.

ESQUIMALT, B.C.Ordinary Seaman Bradley Betts was fined $200 after he was found guilty at a general court martial on May 25, 2017, on two charges of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline. Military Judge Lieutenant-Colonel Louis-Vincent d’Auteuil presided over the trial.

PETAWAWA, Ont.Corporal Simon Cadieux was found not guilty on one charge of sexual assault and one charge of drunkenness at a standing court martial on May 12, 2017. Military Judge Lieutenant-Colonel Louis-Vincent d’Auteuil presided over the trial, which began on April 18, 2017.

PETAWAWA, Ont. – The general court martial of Master Corporal Nigel Scott Edmunds reassembled on April 27, 2017. On April 29, 2017, Military Judge Lieutenant-Colonel Louis-Vincent d’Auteuil found MCpl Edmunds guilty of four fraud charges and not guilty of another fraud charge, and sentenced him to 30 days of imprisonment. Three other charges were withdrawn by the prosecution. Six breach of trust charges were stayed by the military judge while three others were withdrawn.

VALCARTIER, Que. – The standing court martial of Corporal Karine Lafrenière commenced on April 26, 2017. On that day, Military Judge Commander Martin Pelletier found Cpl Lafrenière guilty of one charge of disobeying a lawful command of a superior officer, one charge of insubordination and one charge of absent without leave. Cpl Lafrenière was sentenced to a minor punishment – a caution.

VALCARTIER, Que. – The standing court martial of Private Jérémie Normand-Therrien commenced on April 24, 2017. On that day, Military Judge Commander Martin Pelletier found Pte. Normand-Therrien guilty of one charge of disobeying a lawful command of a superior officer and one charge of behaving with contempt toward a superior officer. The prosecution withdrew a charge of violence against a superior officer. The matter was adjourned to May 1, 2017 to continue the sentencing portion of the trial.

GATINEAU, Que. – The standing court martial of Lieutenant (Navy) James Clark commenced on February 20, 2017. On April 18, 2017, Chief Military Judge Colonel Mario Dutil found Lt(N) Clark guilty on four charges of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline (with the particulars of the offence of one of those charges having been amended mid-trial). Two charges of assault and two other charges of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline were withdrawn. Lt(N) Clark was sentenced to a reprimand and a fine of $2000.

EDMONTON, Alta. – The standing court martial of Master Corporal Jason Wylie commenced on April 10, 2017. On April 12, 2017, Chief Military Colonel Judge Mario Dutil found MCpl Wylie not guilty of two charges of uttering threats and one charge of an act to the prejudice of good order and discipline. The prosecution withdrew a second charge of an act to the prejudice of good order and discipline.

EDMONTON, Alta. – The standing court martial of Master Corporal Colton Leadbetter commenced on April 3, 2017. On April 5, 2017, Military Judge Commander Martin Pelletier found MCpl Leadbetter guilty of one charge of drunkenness and one charge of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline and sentenced him to a reprimand and a $3000 fine. The prosecution withdrew one charge of being absent without leave and one charge of behaving with contempt toward a superior officer.

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