MLB-Slaw Selected Case Summaries

Here you'll find weekly summaries of selected cases provided to Slaw by Maritime Law Book's National Reporter System.

Feb 28

R. v. Anderson (J.L.) 2012 NBQB 32 

Criminal Law - Sentencing - Considerations on imposing sentence - Relationship of victim to accused

Anderson was convicted under s. 255(3.1) of the Criminal Code (blood alcohol level over legal limit, causing death). The victim was Anderson’s husband and the father of their two children. The Crown submitted that general deterrence and denunciation should be the prominent guiding objectives in sentencing Anderson, and argued that the appropriate range of sentence was between three to five years’ imprisonment.

The New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench, Trial Division, imposed a term of imprisonment of three years. Pursuant to s. 259(2)(a.1) of the Criminal Code, the court prohibited Anderson from driving for four years, commencing on the date of her release from custody.

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