A 31-year-old BC man who was arrested by Burnaby RCMP with an assortment of weapons including a sword, handguns and a smoke grenade has been sentenced to four years in jail after being hit with a number of charges.
Burnaby Now reports some of the charges against Jesse Diamond Noel included possession of a loaded prohibited handgun without a licence and obstructing a police officer.
The site reports that on November 18, 2016, Burnaby RCMP responded to a call of a robbery with a handgun. The suspect fled, but police set up surveillance.
Eventually, they spotted a 1997 Buick near Central Park with its headlights on. The licence plate belonged to a vehicle registered in Noel’s name, but the vehicle wasn’t listed.
Police approached the car and found Noel reclined in the driver’s seat with three dogs in the back.
At first, Noel refused to exit the car, but eventually did with one of the dogs. After pacing for a bit, he took off on foot, but was tackled and brought back to the scene by officers.
Police searched the car and found a loaded .45 calibre handgun in the glove box, a loaded .357 magnum revolver in the pocket of a jacket, a sword, mace, smoke grenade and $1,720 in cash.
Noel was under a firearms prohibition because of a 2012 North Vancouver robbery and pleaded guilty in September 2018 to five firearms charges. The rest of the charges were stayed.
The Crown prosecutor argued for a sentence of four years and three months. He said that Noel’s offences were potentially very dangerous as he was actively taking drugs, paranoid and armed in a residential zone.
“Mr. Noel’s conduct in this case was serious and, quite simply, unacceptable,” B.C. Supreme Court Justice Gordon Weatherill said. “In my view, there is no justification for him having been in possession of, not one, but two loaded handguns at the time of his arrest.”
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