B.C. man with almost 70 convictions avoids jail

A B.C. man, who has been convicted of 68 driving-related offences, avoided jail time this week due to his poor health.

A judge sentenced Roy Richard Henry, 47, to house arrest after he was found guilty last year of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and flight from a peace officer, according to Black Press Media.

Crown counsel argued during the proceedings that Henry, who participated via video conference, had a “terrible driving record” and had not taken responsibility for his actions. Prosecutors suggested a 90-day conditional sentence followed by probation and asked that Henry be banned from driving for three years.

The judge considered the fact that nine years passed between his latest conviction and the rest of his offences. She also noted a long list of health issues Henry is dealing with, including chemotherapy for a brain tumour.

“Under other circumstances I would be looking at jail time for an offence such as the one that Mr. Henry has committed,” she said.

She decided the sentence would be 90 days, but that Henry could serve it at home.



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