It may have only been an attempt to plant a seed of sympathy in the mind of Justice Weatherill, but, if not, then learned counsel for Ronald Learning requires more learning if they truly believe criminal records are restricted by provincial/territorial boundaries (Six years added to sentence, Morning Star, July 7).
Learning’s lawyer is quoted as saying, prior to sentencing, that another seven to nine years on top of the time he is already serving, “is a harsh sentence for a 34-year-old with no criminal record in this province (B.C.).”
I would suggest that defence counsel pick up his/her Martin’s or Snow’s and note that it is the Criminal Code of Canada.
A criminal record will accompany lawbreakers, for the safety and protection of law-abiding citizens, into every nook and cranny of this great country, from sea to sea to sea.