Tire slasher must learn to control temper

Fued between friends over money ends with knife wielding

  • Tue Nov 10th, 2015 5:00am
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A 44-year-old Princeton man received time served for puncturing the tires of a family friend with a knife last May.

Kevin Lynch, while representing himself Thursday in Princeton court, pleaded guilty to mischief under $5,000 and possessing weapon for a dangerous purpose. A charge of uttering threats was dropped.

Lynch has been in custody since the incident which occurred May 23, 2015.

Crown Attorney Vernon Frolick presented a joint submission of the events.

A feud between Lynch and a longtime family friend over money resulted in Lynch appearing at the man’s doorway with a knife at about 10 p.m.

Lynch lent the man money and there was a discrepancy in the amount. The man paid back $50 and Lynch thought it should be a $100.

“He arrived at his residence with a knife in hand. The two spoke through the door. Mr. Lynch threatened to slash his two tires and then he went out and punctured the two tires on the driver’s side,” Frolick said.

In open court, Lynch stated an apology to his victim.

“I’m sorry. I lost my temper. I’m sorry. It won’t happen again,” he said from the accused’s box.

His victim accepted the apology.

Provincial court judge Meg Shaw handed down a sentence of 107 days and stiff probation orders.

Last month Lynch pleaded guilty to breach of recognizance for attending the Princeton Beer and Wine Store, which he was barred from being within a certain distance. He was sentenced to 40 days and used time served at a rate of time-and-a-half for that sentence as well.

Shaw stated she was concerned about Lynch’s quickness to temper.

“It’s extremely serious, sir, when anger takes over and you’re involved in incidents such as this,” she said.

Stipulations of his probation include, keeping the peace and no communication with his victim.

For the first month he must obey a curfew and be in his home between the hours of 9 p.m. And 6 a.m. He also cannot possess any weapons including knives except for the purpose of eating.

Lynch cannot consume any alcohol outside of his residence including at friend’s homes, bars or restaurants.

He also cannot attend any store, government or private, that sells alcohol in Princeton.

 

Lynch has been ordered to take anger management and any other course suggested by his probation officer.