Twenty-four hours of “idiocy” nets fine


Jamie Oqallak, 21, was fined $700 and placed on probation for 90 days after pleading guilty to possessing small quantities of liquor and drugs and for breeching a probation order in Pond Inlet.

In what defence lawyer Andy Mahar called “24 hours of idiocy,” Oqallak fought verbally with his girlfriend, kicked in a door, stole $500 (which he later returned) and threatened to get a rifle on July 29, 2001.

He was on a probation order to keep the peace and be of good behaviour arising from a May 9 theft conviction.

When the RCMP arrested Oqallak in July for disturbing the peace, they found him in possession of a half gram of hash oil and several bottles of Newfoundland screech. Oqallak said a paranoid bootlegger fearing a booze bust gave him the liquor.

Oqallaq apologized for his behaviour and said he’s been sober since the incident.

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