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Lying to police results in jail time

A pair of offenders, who were lousy when it came to lying to police, have received jail sentences.

In the first case, a man caught out past his court-ordered curfew gave officers the wrong name and wrong birth date to put them on the wrong trail.

Unfortunately for him, he stumbled when it came to doing the math and couldn’t tell police his correct age based on the false birth date.

“It doesn’t sound like he was very convincing to police officers when he’s shouting out three different ages that he might be,” defence lawyer Ryan Fawcett said.

Jeffrey Joel Gouldhawke pleaded guilty on Monday to public mischief and breach of his bail curfew.

On Aug. 1, around 9:15 p.m., Gouldhawke another man and a woman were acting suspiciously in the parking lot of a downtown hotel.

Police suspicions were heightened when they drove by the trio and heard the woman exclaim, “S---, it’s the cops!”

Gouldhawke panicked and gave police his father’s name instead of his own and a date of birth of Feb. 27, 1989.

“He stated he was, ‘Twenty-seven, 24, no 25!’” Crown attorney Grant Hughes said.

Police detained Gouldhawke, who then gave them his correct name, and his true identity was checked with computer records and the force’s digital mugshot system.

Police learned Gouldhawke was on a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. bail curfew and supposed to be living in Swan River.

Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta sentenced him to a total of 45 days minus 17 days time-and-a-half credit for pre-sentence custody.

In the second case, Charlene Dana Stanley was a passenger in a car on May 10 as it travelled over the Eighth Street Bridge. Officers stopped the car because the bridge was closed and roadblocked at the time because it had previously been damaged by a collision.

Stanley offered police her correct birth date but a different name. She supplied a middle name but couldn’t spell it, then told police she had no ID and had to leave to go to the bathroom.

Even though an officer recognized Stanley and confronted her with her true identity, she insisted she was her twin sister and officers had made a mistake.

Her identity was confirmed by photos of her tattoos from police records, and it was learned she was in breach of a bail order by drinking.

Stanley has frequently been caught breaching court orders lately.

On the early morning of May 10, 2013, she was caught in breach of a court order by drinking alcohol and being in possession of a cellphone.

On Aug. 2, 2013, she was caught in breach of her bail by being out past her curfew. And, Stanley admitted to court that she violated a conditional sentence order on Aug. 3, 2014, by taking crystal meth.

That conditional sentence order was terminated on Monday, with more than seven months left to serve. That remaining jail term will be followed by two more months for the various other breaches.

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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 12, 2014

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In the first case, a man caught out past his court-ordered curfew gave officers the wrong name and wrong birth date to put them on the wrong trail.

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