This is one case where the inmate should have dropped the soap.
Jereme Roland Vouriot had armed himself with a bar of soap in a sock and threatened jail staff when he was pepper-sprayed.
In court on Monday, he was sentenced for possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
Vouriot was being held in Unit B at the Brandon jail while pending on other charges, court heard.
On the evening of Sept. 27, he was handcuffed and brought out of his cell so he could make a phone call.
It was then that corrections officers noted that he held a makeshift weapon —a bar of soap stuffed inside a sock. Vouriot then took an aggressive stance and refused to drop the weapon.
“You want to do this? Let’s do this,” Vouriot said.
More officers were summoned over the radio and they prepared to pepper-spray Vouriot, who told them: “Go ahead … spray me. I’m going to ... start swinging.”
Vouriot dropped the soap in the sock when he was pepper-sprayed.
His lawyer, Ryan Fawcett, told court that Vouriot is from Winnipeg and was upset at being held in Brandon.
Fawcett said the 26-year-old has a mental health issue for which he wasn’t taking his medication, and had been held handcuffed and in segregation for four hours at one point.
Vouriot wanted to call the ombudsman, his lawyer and his family but jail staff had “stymied” his efforts, Fawcett said.
By the time Vouriot dealt with the weapon charge on Monday, he’d already been sentenced for the charges he was pending on — in October, he got 33 months on top of time in custody for possession of property obtained by crime, motor vehicle flight from a peace officer and driving while disqualified.
For the outburst with the soap and sock at the jail, Judge John Combs sentenced him to spend another 45 days in custody to follow his current sentence.
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