Apex man fined $7,500 for bootlegging
Raymond Shipman pleaded guilty in November
A Nunavut judge has ordered a man to pay a $7,500 fine after police seized more than 30 bottles of booze from his home in Apex two years ago.
Raymond Shipman pleaded guilty in early November to keeping liquor for sale without the proper authority. He was originally charged in May 2020, after police searched his home and confiscated more than 30 bottles of liquor and $720 in cash.
At the time of the offence, police estimated the total street value of the liquor to be $5,760.
According to a written decision from the Nunavut Court of Justice dated Nov. 5, police started watching Shipman in early 2020 after he applied for a permit to import 348 bottles of liquor into the territory. The Nunavut Court of Justice released a written copy of the sentencing on Monday.
The Crown asked for Shipman to be fined $12,000, and the defence asked he face the minimum $5,000 fine. Justice of the peace Will McNair said Shipman has shown regret for his actions and that he has made a “significant donation” to the women’s shelter. But he also spoke to the negative effects of bootlegging in Nunavut as he laid out his decision.
“When people drink to oblivion, they inflict the violence and abuse and suffering that they themselves have been subjected to, and another generation is traumatized, and the cycle is perpetuated,” McNair said.
“Mr. Shipman, you have made that problem worse.”
McNair also noted in his decision that Shipman struggles with alcohol himself and his criminal history “reflects” that. For that reason, McNair ordered that Shipman be prohibited from purchasing alcohol from Iqaluit’s beer and wine store, as well as from the liquor commission. He can, however, purchase alcohol from licensed bars and restaurants.
The decision does not state how long this prohibition was to last.
Shipman was given 18 months to pay his fine, and if he is convicted a second time for bootlegging, the minimum fine is $10,000 or jail for up to two years, or both, McNair said in the decision.