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‘I apologize to everyone,’ says man with history of weapons offences

40-year-old driver was found with illegal flick knife after smashing into hydro pole; ‘I hope this is your path forward to sobriety and maintaining your employment,’ judge says
The Sault Ste. Marie Courthouse is pictured in this file photo.

Justin Fabbro was found with a flick knife after he crashed his vehicle into a hydro pole in the early morning hours of May 9.

At the time, the Sault Ste. Marie man was on a 10-year court order that banned him from having any weapons, let alone ones that are illegal in Canada.

On Friday, he pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon (the knife) and possessing a prohibited weapon when he was not to have any weapons.

The 40-year-old also was convicted of a Highway Traffic Act (HTA) offence of careless driving.

Ontario Court Justice John Condon heard city police were called to a collision at the intersection of Blake and McNabb streets at 2 a.m.

A vehicle had struck a utility pole, assistant Crown attorney David Didiodato said.

There was significant damage to the front and driver's side, and the airbags had deployed.

An ambulance was at the scene and the medics thought the driver was impaired, Didiodato told the court.

The accused's speech was slurred and he was arrested for impaired driving.

When the cops searched him, they found the knife and also located brass knuckles nearby.

Fabbro's criminal record includes a 2019 conviction for transporting a weapon in a careless manner and possession of a prohibited weapon, the assistant Crown attorney said.

He was sentenced to six months in jail for those offences.

Two years later, he was convicted of possession of a dangerous weapon (a loaded firearm) and received a sentence of about two years, Didiodato said.

The Crown and defence lawyer Anthony Orazietti jointly proposed a $750 fine for each weapons offence and a further $2,000 penalty for the careless driving, plus 12 months probation.

As well, Fabbro should receive a mandatory lifetime weapons prohibition, Didiodato added.

They also recommended that during his probation (under the HTA), he is not to drive except to travel directly to and from work, or while at work.

There were significant triable issues following his client's arrest, Orazietti said.

Fabbro is employed, has been attending counselling and "seems to be on the right track."

He is working on a highway construction project near Thunder Bay and needs to be able to drive to get there and while on the job, Orazietti said

"I apologize to everyone involved in my accident and I hope to move forward," Fabbro said.

When he imposed the sentence, Condon pointed to three positives. 

"You weren't seriously injured, are employed and have been dealing with your issues for the last five to six months," he told Fabbro.

The judge gave him 12 months to pay the fines.

"I hope this is your path forward to sobriety and maintaining your employment," Condon said.

About the Author: Linda Richardson

Linda Richardson is a freelance journalist who has been covering Sault Ste. Marie's courts and other local news for more than 45 years.
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