Kelowna chop shop owner dodges jail time

By CRM Staff

Kelowna, British Columbia — February 21, 2014 — John Edward Newcome has avoided jail time after pleading guilty to operating a chop shop out of his West Kelowna motorcycle shop.

Newcome, the former owner of Cycle Logic, was handed an 18-month conditional sentence after entering his plea to 19 counts, including the trafficking and possession of stolen property.

Judge Vincent Hogan says the Crown’s decision to pursue a joint submission gave him cause to question the reasoning behind it, but noted the public may be amazed at the outcome of the proceedings.

Newcome, who had no previous record, will serve the first nine months of his sentence under house arrest, while a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew will be imposed upon Newcome for the latter nine months of his conditional sentence.

The former chop owner will also be fined $500, in addition to a $100 victim fine surcharge for posessing a controlled substance, and an additional fine for breach of undertaking or recognizance. Newcome must also pay the Sovereign General $7,502 stemming from the theft of a 27-foot pontoon boat and boat trailer in 2012.

Newcome will also not be allowed to possess drugs, alcohol or weapons through the duration of his sentence, and must also submit any vehicle he wishes to buy or sell to local authorities for inspection.

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