Absence of Gladue report stymies sentencing in violent St. Thomas robbery


Originally to be sentenced last September for a violent robbery at B&L Jewellers in St. Thomas, Wallace Piercey will now have to wait until at least May for sentencing.
Appearing Sept. 28 at the Elgin County Courthouse, Ontario Court Justice Michael O’Dea was advised by Piercey that his mother is Cherokee, a detail not revealed until that time.
That disclosure prompted the need for a Gladue report – a pre-sentencing or bail hearing report which contains recommendations to the court about what an appropriate sentence might be and includes information about an indigenous person’s background.

That report was not available for Piercey’s next appearance Jan. 5 of this year.
Clad in an orange jump suit and now sporting a full beard, Piercey made a brief appearance Thursday morning in St. Thomas only to hear a writer has not yet been available in London to compile the investigative report.
bl-jewellersjpgPiercey had originally been housed at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre but was recently transferred to Maplehurst Correctional Complex in Milton.
He pleaded guilty last June to charges of robbery, assault, assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement and breach of recognizance stemming from the Feb. 1, 2016 vicious robbery at the jewelry store located at First Avenue and Wellington Street.
St. Thomas police say a male suspect entered the store, engaged in a short conversation with a store employee and then punched her in the face, jumped over the counter and continued assaulting her.
The man used zip ties and duct tape on her legs, arms and mouth to confine her.
During the robbery, a customer entered the store and was also assaulted and forced into a back room. She managed to escape and call for help.
The suspect grabbed cases of jewellery and fled out the rear door.
The store employee was taken to St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital for treatment of facial wounds.
Piercey was arrested the next day in London by St. Thomas Police.
He is due back in Ontario Court of Justice on May 4.

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