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Sudbury court: Pen awaits robber

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An Innisfil-area man who was charged in two robberies this spring and a number of alleged domestic assaults over a six-month period in late 2017 and early 2018, is looking at a four-year penitentiary sentence when he returns to court in early November.

Isaac Cooper, 35, was scheduled to enter pleas of guilt Friday at the Sudbury Courthouse and be sentenced following joint submission by the Crown and defence. But his case was not dealt with due to the lack of victim impact statements.

“These are very serious charges that are set for resolution today,” assistant Crown attorney Cecilia Martin told Ontario Court Justice John Keast. “Unfortunately, the Crown is in a position we do not have victim impact statements provided today.”

As a result, the case was put over to Nov. 6.

Defence lawyer William Beach told Keast the court visit cost his client $400 to travel from the Innisfil area, north of Toronto, to Sudbury.

“It’s unfortunate these things happen,” he told Cooper, who is out on bail and was accompanied in court by his parents. “You shouldn’t have to lose money, but we can’t proceed without victim impacts.”

The most serious of three incidents Cooper is facing charges concerns the robbery and biting of a cab driver on Lorne Street May 1. The driver was taken to Health Sciences North as a precaution.

Cooper was charged with robbery, assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, and two counts of breach of bail.

He was also charged in the robbery of a Petro-Canada station March 5. Cooper was charged with robbery and disguise with intent.

The four alleged domestic assaults that date back to Sept. 1, 2017, produced three assault, one threatening death/bodily harm and one choking charges.

hcarmichael@postmedia.com

Twitter: @haroldCarmichae

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