R. v. Peters (R.N.), 2015 MBCA 119

JudgeMonnin, Steel and Burnett, JJ.A.
CourtCourt of Appeal (Manitoba)
Case DateJune 19, 2015
JurisdictionManitoba
Citations2015 MBCA 119;(2015), 323 Man.R.(2d) 237 (CA)

R. v. Peters (R.N.) (2015), 323 Man.R.(2d) 237 (CA);

      657 W.A.C. 237

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Temp. Cite: [2016] Man.R.(2d) TBEd. JA.002

Her Majesty The Queen (appellant) v. Ryan Nathan Peters (accused/respondent)

(AR 14-30-08279; 2015 MBCA 119)

Indexed As: R. v. Peters (R.N.)

Manitoba Court of Appeal

Monnin, Steel and Burnett, JJ.A.

December 17, 2015.

Summary:

The aboriginal accused pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking along with two breaches of his terms of release. He was sentenced to a suspended sentence along with three years' supervised probation with 200 hours' community service. The Crown sought leave to appeal and appealed the sentence.

The Manitoba Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal.

Criminal Law - Topic 5704

Punishments (sentence) - Suspended sentence - Circumstances when appropriate - [See Criminal Law - Topic 5830.8 ].

Criminal Law - Topic 5830.8

Sentencing - Considerations on imposing sentence - Drug and narcotic offences - The aboriginal accused pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking along with two breaches of his terms of release - At the time of sentencing on October 29, 2014, he was 31 years old and had his family's support - On June 9, 2014, he had been granted sole custody of twins born shortly after his arrest on March 5, 2013, as well as a third child, who was two months' old at sentencing - Child and Family Services had found him to be a good parent and had no concerns about his abstinence and criminal risk - The trial judge sentenced the accused to a suspended sentence along with three years' supervised probation with 200 hours' community service - The Manitoba Court of Appeal dismissed a Crown appeal - The sentencing judge did not err in her application of the Gladue/Ipeelee factors - Further, she paid particular attention to this particular accused's circumstances and what he had achieved, both for himself and his children, since his arrest (i.e., apparent rehabilitation) - It justified her recourse to a restorative approach to sentencing - The sentence was unusual, but not unfit.

Criminal Law - Topic 5832

Sentencing - Considerations on imposing sentence - Rehabilitation - [See Criminal Law - Topic 5830.8 ].

Criminal Law - Topic 5846.1

Sentencing - Considerations on imposing sentence - Aboriginal offenders - [See Criminal Law - Topic 5830.8 ].

Criminal Law - Topic 5847.1

Sentencing - Considerations on imposing sentence - Restorative justice - [See Criminal Law - Topic 5830.8 ].

Criminal Law - Topic 5850

Sentence - Trafficking in a narcotic or a controlled drug or substance (incl. possession for the purpose of trafficking) - [See Criminal Law - Topic 5830.8 ].

Cases Noticed:

R. v. Gladue (J.T.), [1999] 1 S.C.R. 688; 238 N.R. 1; 121 B.C.A.C. 161; 198 W.A.C. 161, appld. [para. 3].

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, appld. [para. 3].

R. v. Oates (K.A.L.) (2015), 373 B.C.A.C. 123; 641 W.A.C. 123; 2015 BCCA 259, refd to. [para. 16].

R. v. Shropshire (M.T.), [1995] 4 S.C.R. 227; 188 N.R. 284; 65 B.C.A.C. 37; 106 W.A.C. 37, refd to. [para. 18].

R. v. C.A.M., [1996] 1 S.C.R. 500; 194 N.R. 321; 73 B.C.A.C. 81; 120 W.A.C. 81, refd to. [para. 18].

R. v. Ruizfuentes (H.S.) (2010), 258 Man.R.(2d) 220; 499 W.A.C. 220; 2010 MBCA 90, refd to. [para. 18].

R. v. Voong (D.M.) et al. (2015), 374 B.C.A.C. 166; 642 W.A.C. 166; 2015 BCCA 285, appld. [para. 19].

Counsel:

R.H. Smith and J.S. Kliewer, for the appellant;

B.F. Bonney, for the respondent.

This application for leave to appeal and appeal were heard on June 19, 2015, by Monnin, Steel and Burnett, JJ.A., of the Manitoba Court of Appeal. Monnin, J.A., delivered the following decision for the court on December 17, 2015.

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  • R. v. Sharma, 2018 ONSC 1141
    • Canada
    • Superior Court of Justice of Ontario (Canada)
    • February 20, 2018
    ...If the s. 8 CDSA notice is not served on an accused person, the sentencing court is not obliged to impose the relevant MMP: R. v. Peters, 2015 MBCA 119, at para. 9. The s. 8 CDSA notice respecting the Crown’s pursuit of an MMP is not dissimilar to s. 727(1) of the Code which pertains to the......
  • R v Burnett, 2017 MBCA 122
    • Canada
    • Court of Appeal (Manitoba)
    • December 21, 2017
    ...whether deference should be shown to the sentencing judge’s decision that this was a case of “exceptional circumstances” (R v Peters, 2015 MBCA 119; R v Tran (A), 2015 MBCA 120 at para 2; and R v Racca, 2015 MBCA 121). Second, if the sentence imposed was unfit, would it serve the ends of ju......
  • R. v. Miller, 2020 NSPC 40
    • Canada
    • Provincial Court of Nova Scotia (Canada)
    • October 19, 2020
    ...intermittent sentences or suspended sentences with probation. He included reference to many such cases including: R. v. Peters, 2015 MBCA 119; R. v. McGill, 2016 ONCJ 138; R. v. Maynard, 2016 YKTC 51; R. v. Voong, 2015 BCCA 285; R. v. Carrillo, 2015 BCCA 192; R......
  • R v GGS, 2016 MBCA 109
    • Canada
    • Manitoba Court of Appeal (Manitoba)
    • September 7, 2016
    ...deference. In support of his position, he relies on the cases of R v Henderson (JA), 2012 MBCA 9, 275 ManR (2d) 168; and R v Peters (RN), 2015 MBCA 119, 323 ManR (2d) 237, wherein this Court upheld suspended sentences in situations that would normally call for terms of imprisonment where un......
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26 cases
  • R. v. Sharma, 2018 ONSC 1141
    • Canada
    • Superior Court of Justice of Ontario (Canada)
    • February 20, 2018
    ...If the s. 8 CDSA notice is not served on an accused person, the sentencing court is not obliged to impose the relevant MMP: R. v. Peters, 2015 MBCA 119, at para. 9. The s. 8 CDSA notice respecting the Crown’s pursuit of an MMP is not dissimilar to s. 727(1) of the Code which pertains to the......
  • R v Burnett, 2017 MBCA 122
    • Canada
    • Court of Appeal (Manitoba)
    • December 21, 2017
    ...whether deference should be shown to the sentencing judge’s decision that this was a case of “exceptional circumstances” (R v Peters, 2015 MBCA 119; R v Tran (A), 2015 MBCA 120 at para 2; and R v Racca, 2015 MBCA 121). Second, if the sentence imposed was unfit, would it serve the ends of ju......
  • R. v. Miller, 2020 NSPC 40
    • Canada
    • Provincial Court of Nova Scotia (Canada)
    • October 19, 2020
    ...intermittent sentences or suspended sentences with probation. He included reference to many such cases including: R. v. Peters, 2015 MBCA 119; R. v. McGill, 2016 ONCJ 138; R. v. Maynard, 2016 YKTC 51; R. v. Voong, 2015 BCCA 285; R. v. Carrillo, 2015 BCCA 192; R......
  • R v GGS, 2016 MBCA 109
    • Canada
    • Manitoba Court of Appeal (Manitoba)
    • September 7, 2016
    ...deference. In support of his position, he relies on the cases of R v Henderson (JA), 2012 MBCA 9, 275 ManR (2d) 168; and R v Peters (RN), 2015 MBCA 119, 323 ManR (2d) 237, wherein this Court upheld suspended sentences in situations that would normally call for terms of imprisonment where un......
  • Request a trial to view additional results

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