R. v. Kubashek (D.J.), (2015) 471 Sask.R. 161 (QB)

Judge:Turcotte, J.
Court:Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan
Case Date:March 24, 2015
Jurisdiction:Saskatchewan
Citations:(2015), 471 Sask.R. 161 (QB);2015 SKQB 85
 
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R. v. Kubashek (D.J.) (2015), 471 Sask.R. 161 (QB)

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Temp. Cite: [2015] Sask.R. TBEd. AP.036

Her Majesty the Queen v. Devon James Kubashek

(2013 Crim No. 19; 2015 SKQB 85)

Indexed As: R. v. Kubashek (D.J.)

Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench

Judicial Centre of Melfort

Turcotte, J.

March 24, 2015.

Summary:

The accused pled guilty to one count of possession of ketamine for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to s. 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench sentenced the accused to 15 months' imprisonment, less nine days for time already served.

Criminal Law - Topic 5720.4

Punishments (sentence) - Conditional sentence - When available or appropriate - [See Criminal Law - Topic 5850 ].

Criminal Law - Topic 5830.8

Sentencing - Considerations on imposing sentence - Drug and narcotic offences - [See Criminal Law - Topic 5850 ].

Criminal Law - Topic 5850

Sentence - Trafficking in a narcotic or a controlled drug or substance (incl. possession for the purpose of trafficking) - A package containing about one-half kilogram of ketamine was intercepted at an airport - The package was addressed to Kryschuk - Police effected a controlled delivery of the package through a post office - Kryschuk's roommate, Kubashek (the accused), attempted to pick up the package but was advised that it would only be released to Kryschuk - Kryschuk picked up the package and brought it back to his residence - Police searched the residence and found the package sitting unopened on the kitchen counter - Kubashek pled guilty to possession of ketamine for the purpose of trafficking - He alleged that someone had threatened to harm his 11 year old son if he did not participate in picking up packages, and that he did not know what the packages contained - He had a criminal record, but no prior drug-related convictions - Kubashek had been stigmatized and embarrassed in the small community where he lived and worked due to media reports that associated him with a "date rape" drug - He had disassociated himself from his former friends, including Kryschuk, since being arrested - The Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench held that a conditional sentence would not be consistent with the fundamental purposes and principles of sentencing - Kubashek was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment, less nine days for time already served.

Cases Noticed:

R. v. Choi (C.-Y.), [2013] O.T.C. Uned. 5082; 2013 ONSC 5082, refd to. [para. 18].

R. v. Ferguson (L.J.), [2005] A.R. Uned. 318; 2005 ABPC 37, refd to. [para. 18].

R. v. Kwok (Y.T.), 2013 BCPC 53, refd to. [para. 18].

R. v. Moxley-Peters (L.P.), [2014] 3 W.W.R. 822; 571 A.R. 65; 2013 ABPC 249, refd to. [para. 18].

R. v. Pankewich (K.J.) et al., [2002] 4 W.W.R. 648; 217 Sask.R. 111; 265 W.A.C. 111; 2002 SKCA 7, refd to. [para. 19].

R. v. McIntyre (M.R.) (2012), 405 Sask.R. 28; 563 W.A.C. 28; 2012 SKCA 111, refd to. [para. 19].

R. v. Le (T.C.) (2013), 405 Sask.R. 244; 563 W.A.C. 244; 2013 SKCA 9, dist. [para. 19].

R. v. Von Hagen (K.) (2008), 314 Sask.R. 77; 435 W.A.C. 77; 2008 SKCA 123, refd to. [para. 21].

R. v. Laliberte (M.R.) (2000), 189 Sask.R. 190; 216 W.A.C. 190; 143 C.C.C.(3d) 503; 2000 SKCA 27, refd to. [para. 21].

R. v. Balon (C.B.) (2009), 335 Sask.R. 255; 2009 SKQB 233, refd to. [para. 21].

R. v. Fiddler (D.) (2013), 426 Sask.R. 30; 2013 SKPC 103, refd to. [para. 21].

R. v. Shawile (A.T.) (2012), 393 Sask.R. 211; 546 W.A.C. 211; 2012 SKCA 51, refd to. [para. 22].

R. v. Aube (D.) et al. (2009), 324 Sask.R. 303; 451 W.A.C. 303; 2009 SKCA 53, refd to. [para. 22].

R. v. Dubai (M.A.A.) (2008), 310 Sask.R. 85; 423 W.A.C. 85; 2008 SKCA 49, refd to. [para. 22].

R. v. Kraft, 2008 SKCA(SentDig) 36, refd to. [para. 22].

R. v. McCallum (E.J.) (2007), 302 Sask.R. 298; 411 W.A.C. 298; 2007 SKCA 139, refd to. [para. 22].

R. v. Patryluk (S.T.) (2002), 217 Sask.R. 309; 265 W.A.C. 309; 2002 SKCA 33, refd to. [para. 22].

R. v. Hashem (B.S.) (2008), 315 Sask.R. 295; 2008 SKQB 220, refd to. [para. 22].

R. v. Leitner (T.K.) (2013), 411 Sask.R. 79; 2013 SKQB 1, refd to. [para. 22].

R. v. Klyne (G.) (2014), 439 Sask.R. 214; 2014 SKQB 62, refd to. [para. 22].

R. v. Knott (D.W.), [2012] 2 S.C.R. 470; 433 N.R. 38; 324 B.C.A.C. 1; 551 W.A.C. 1; 2012 SCC 42, refd to. [para. 26].

R. v. Ipeelee (M.), [2012] 1 S.C.R. 433; 428 N.R. 1; 288 O.A.C. 224; 318 B.C.A.C. 1; 541 W.A.C. 1; 2012 SCC 13, refd to. [para. 27].

R. v. Proulx (J.K.D.), [2000] 1 S.C.R. 61; 249 N.R. 201; 142 Man.R.(2d) 161; 212 W.A.C. 161; 2000 SCC 5, refd to. [para. 28].

R. v. Horvath (B.A.), [1997] 8 W.W.R. 357; 152 Sask.R. 277; 140 W.A.C. 277 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 31].

R. v. J.W. (1997), 99 O.A.C. 161; 115 C.C.C.(3d) 18 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 31].

R. v. Kwok (Y.T.) (2015), 366 B.C.A.C. 228; 629 W.A.C. 228; 2015 BCCA 34, refd to. [para. 40].

Counsel:

Wade E. McBride, for the Crown;

Garth V. Bendig, for the accused Devon James Kubashek.

This matter was heard before Turcotte, J., of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench, Judicial Centre of Melfort, who delivered the following sentencing decision on March 24, 2015.

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