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Court digest Disqualified driver gets jail sentence

A man who has lived in Barrie and Simcoe has been ordered to never drive again after pleading guilty to driving offences from 2014 and 2018.Christopher Scott Rumbolt, 37, appeared before Justice Gethin Edward in Ontario Court recently and pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified on Aug. 16, 2014. He was charged with breaking seven other driving prohibitions at the same time. The other charges were withdrawn.Rumbolt also pleaded guilty to disqualified driving in Norfolk County last Sept. 28, when he was charged with breaking nine orders not to drive. Eight charges were withdrawn.The judge credited Rumbolt with already serving 218 days in jail and sentenced him to return to jail for a further 142 days for a total sentence of 12 months.He remains under a lifetime driving prohibition.Man caught driving stolen vehicleA man with no fixed address, who was driving a stolen vehicle on Highway 24 and nabbed by a licence recognition program, pleaded guilty to four charges when he appeared in Ontario Court in Simcoe recently.Christian James Johnston, 25, was spotted by police near Windham on Oct. 9 at about 9 a.m. An officer was using an Automatic Licence Plate Recognition vehicle, which picks up licence plates that are stolen or otherwise in poor standing.When he stopped Johnston, the officer found the vehicle had been reported stolen from Dryden, Ont.Johnston pleaded guilty to theft of a motor vehicle on Oct. 1, theft under $5,000 on Oct. 8, and possession of stolen property and driving while suspended on Oct. 9.Justice Colette Good credited him with time already served calculated at 200 days and ordered that he pay a fine of $1,125 for his driving infraction.Woman gets weekend jail sentenceA Belleville, Ont., woman, who was originally charged with causing an accident that injured another woman, was given the chance to serve her sentence in weekend jail.Sarah H. Hilts, 39, pleaded guilty to the July 11, 2017  incident and pleaded guilty to public mischief for reporting the theft of her vehicle to police the following day.Justice Gethin Edward sentenced Hilts to 90 days of weekend jail, a one-year probation period and a two-year driving prohibition.Man assaulted womanA 30-year-old Simcoe man who assaulted a woman in January was sentenced in Ontario Court recently to time served, plus more days in jail.Michael Whittaker pleaded guilty to the Jan. 5 assault and was credited by Justice Aubrey Hilliard with already having served 54 days in jail. Hilliard ordered that he attend weekend jail for another 66 days for a total sentence of four months.Whittaker was ordered not to communicate with his victim and to have no weapons for 10 years.SGamble@postmedia.com read more