Borden found guilty of breaching release order: assault trial scheduled for May

By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter    
October 28 2020

PORT HAWKESBURY – On Tuesday, October 20, John Arthur Borden of Sunnyville was found guilty by Judge Michael Sherar at the Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court of breaching a release order. The order stated that he must not go on the property or premises of the workplace of an NSLC employee in Guysborough.

Borden was charged and arraigned for the following charges on March 17, 2020: assault causing bodily harm, assault, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm and mischief. He was released on conditions on that same day. The breach of the conditions occurred on March 28, 2020.

According to testimony, Borden visited the NSLC premises three times on March 28, 2020. Borden testified he had only been there on one occasion that day, and only in the parking lot, not in the store itself. The Crown questioned Borden’s understanding of what property and premises meant in regard to the release order and was satisfied that he should understand, the parking lot next to the store was included in the prohibition.

The judge said that given the conflicting accounts of the day, he was convinced that the Crown had proved their case beyond a reasonable doubt and gave Borden a suspended sentence of 12 months, with orders to stay away from the NSLC employee’s place of work and residence.

Borden is scheduled to return to court to face the charges laid on March 17, 2020 next year; May 18, 2021.