An inmate, whose statutory release from the Drumheller Institution was less than a month away, was given an extra five months for brandishing a cleaver.
Daniel O’Hara appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on August 14 charged with a five-count information. He pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a weapon.
On July 4 at about 5 p.m. a group of inmates was gathered at the Minimum Security Unit. Institution staff observed the inmates who appeared to be intoxicated and approached to search the inmates.
O’Hara became agitated and grabbed a cleaver and brandished it when guards attempted to take him from the Minimum Security Unit to the regular institution. He expressed he wanted to finished his smoke. Eventually he was calmed down and taken into custody. While he made no contact with the weapon, he brandished it in such a way, it was considered an assault.
While his statutory release was scheduled for the beginning of August, his warrant does not expire until January 2010. He was sentenced to a further six months in custody, and was given one-month credit for time served awaiting his day in court. His sentence is to be served consecutive to his existing sentences.