R V. Zikoviachi Case Brief

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Case Information: At the Kitchener Courthouse - Ontario Court of Justice, located at 85 Frederick St. Kitchener, ON N2H 0A7 on March 22, 2018, the court case R v Zikoviachi was observed. Judge Rodgerson was the presiding judge, with Ms. J. Tusaw as the crown attorney and Mr. Ridder as the defence attorney. Summary: Zikoviachi plead guilty to two counts of theft under $5000. The first event occurred on January 27, 2017 where Ms. Zikoviachi was detained after being caught leaving Zehrs with groceries valued at $900 with no intention to pay for them. The second event occurred on December 12, 2017 when a pair of Boots and Socks valued at $90 were removed from the store with no obvious intention to pay for the items. Ms. Zikoviachi was arrested during the second …show more content…

Eventually went into rehab for 4 months, successfully left the program but didn't have a permanent residence or money, which forced her to resort to stealing for food and clothing. The accused is now making improvements. She is attending Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings twice a week and now has a permanent residence. Sentence: Ms. Zikoviachi was sentenced to a conditional discharge with 9 month probation, required to attend Narcotics Anonymous Meetings regularly, as well as regular meetings with a parole officer that would be assigned to her. Persuasiveness: We found the position of the defense to be the most persuasive because they used the Ms. Zikoviachi’s personal life circumstances to convince the judge that while she did in fact commit the crimes she is being accused of, her life circumstances leading up to the event caused her to be forced into the situation of stealing. We found that the Crown’s arguments were very impersonal and based completely on the crime itself and not the circumstances surrounding it. Overall

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