Stockings inside the Nanaimo home that Justin Feusse burglarized on Dec. 25, 2018. (News Bulletin file)

Christmas morning burglar sentenced on Vancouver Island

Justin Redmond Feusse, 20, sentenced to 240 days in jail for Dec. 25 break-and-enter

A man who broke into a Nanaimo house early Christmas morning and stole presents while the residents slept has been sentenced to 240 days in jail.

Justin Redmond Feusse, 20, pleaded guilty to numerous charges in provincial court in Nanaimo on Tuesday, including for a break-and-enter at a house located at Stonewater Drive at 3 a.m. this past Dec. 25. Approximately $3,200 worth of gifts were stolen, including a pair of iPhone Xs, cash and Xbox video games, and the father was forced to purchase all the presents again on Boxing Day.

Feusse also pleaded guilty to a pair of other break-and-enters, use of a stolen credit card and assault. Feusse has been in jail since turning himself in in early January and received credit for 198 days of time served. Judge J. Douglas Cowling sentenced Feusse to time served for a break-and-enter on Dufferin Crescent, reported Sept. 4, when he subsequently used a stolen credit card. Feusse received one day for a January 2017 break-and-enter at White Road (where a $550 Playstation was stolen), 21 days for a Nov. 25 assault, where he punched a woman on the side of her head, and 240 days for the Christmas Day theft to be served concurrently. He must also pay back $3,230 to the Stonewater Drive home residents.

RELATED: Christmas day break-in frightening for family

RELATED: Suspect in Christmas B&E turns himself in

RELATED: Nanaimo RCMP arrest second suspect

During his submissions, Basil McCormick, Crown counsel, said Feusse’s fingerprints were found on a window sill and boxes discarded blocks away from the residence. Citing a victim impact statement, McCormick said the family has since purchased a security system and a guard dog and their sense of privacy and security has been shattered.

Stephen Littley, Feusse’s legal counsel, said his client is of Métis descent, has a substance abuse problem, including with fentanyl, and his family was dysfunctional and he witnessed violence. He was also placed in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development and returned to his parents after they achieved sobriety.

Prior to sentencing, Feusse addressed the court and apologized for his actions.

McCormick entered a stay of proceedings related to a separate charge of possessing a stolen credit card and property.

Feusse will also be subject to an 18-month probation order and as part of the conditions, he will not be allowed within one kilometre of Stonewater Drive and must not have contact with the break-in and assault victims.

Axel Wolfgang Lambert, 21 when he was arrested in January, was also charged in relation to the Stonewater Drive break-and-enter. His next day in court is June 4.



reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Multi-generational pain of residential schools lingers on Vancouver Island

Cycles of substance abuse and tragedy linked to colonial policies

Historian recalls Nanaimo’s drunken disorder back in 1890

Imagine the seamen’s surprise when they found themselves inside a brewery, writes columnist

Victoria church displays memorial tapestry for those lost to opioid crisis

Christ Church Cathedral hosts talks on opioid crisis on June 26 and July 3

Island beekeeper wants more responsible pesticide use

Two pesticide events in two months has beekeeper asking Islanders to take care

VIDEO: Father and son unveil reconciliation pole in B.C. on Indigenous Peoples Day

MP Jody Wilson-Raybould, a member of the We Wai Kai Nation on Vancouver Island, was at the event

Researchers say ‘text neck’ causing bone spurs to grow from millenials’ skulls

Technology use from early childhood causing abnormal bone growths in 41 per cent of young adults

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Man arrested for armed robbery and jewelry theft in Nanaimo

Suspect charged for robbery of Best Buy Liquor Store, theft of rings at Woodgrove Centre

Nanaimo teachers’ union president worries new deal could see job losses

Teachers’ federation and Ministry of Education negotiating with contract expiring at month’s end

Crews fight wildfire along Sea-to-Sky Highway

A cause has not been determined, although a downed power line is suspected

Complex with more than 200 apartments pitched for Nanaimo’s south end

Construction planned for next spring on Junction Avenue in Chase River

PHOTOS: Event marks one year since soccer team rescued from Thai cave

Nine players and coach took part in marathon and bike event to help improve conditions at cave

Rock climber dies after fall at Stawamus Chief in Squamish

The man had fallen about 30 metres while climbing in the Grand Wall area

Most Read