The accused was charged with numerous firearm offences including two breaches of separate firearm prohibitions. He was also charged with a mischief to property from earlier the same day unrelated to the possession of the gun. After a trial, the accused was sentenced to two years less a day in the reformatory having been given credit on a 1:1 basis for 367 days of custody prior to sentencing. The Crown launched a sentence appeal.
R v McCue 2012 ONCA 773 raises a few interesting questions. One is whether it is appropriate for a court to adjourn a case to allow an in-custody accused to accumulate further “dead time” in order to avoid a penitentiary-length sentence. Another is how this offence should be characterized.