Court Report

Man convicted of stabbing while cutting across school property

Slave Lake
Provincial Court
February 17, 2021
Judge R.B. Marceau presiding

James Allan (Allen) Beaver (23) appeared via closed circuit video from Edmonton Remand Centre. Beaver pled guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon, assault causing bodily harm, possession of a knife for a dangerous purpose, and possession of methamphetamine. The oldest crime was from Red Earth Creek and the other two were in Slave Lake.

On December 3, 2019, Red Earth Creek RCMP pulled over a vehicle driving 123 km/h in a 100 zone, said the Crown prosecutor. A man was driving. Beaver was sitting behind him and there were two female passengers. Beaver was wanted on warrants and was arrested.

The occupants were violating the Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act, said the Crown. They were arrested and the vehicle was searched. The officers saw brass knuckles in plain view under the driver’s seat, so applied for a search warrant for a more intense search.

In the back seat, near where Beaver was sitting, police found a sawed off .22 in a purse, said the Crown. The gun was loaded with one bullet in the chamber and seven in the magazine. The handle was taped with electrical tape. Beaver’s fingerprints were found on the sticky part of the tape. The gun had no serial number. This and the modifications made it a prohibited weapon.

On July 18, 2020, RCMP responded to a report of a stabbing, said the Crown. They found the victim hunched over with a stab wound in the area of his upper right ribs. The victim gave a false name. He was taken to the Slave Lake hospital. However, he was vomiting blood and was sent to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton for treatment.

There were two witnesses and the victim gave a statement after he was stable, said the Crown. They said they were heading to the victim’s home and took a shortcut through the playground behind St. Mary of the Lake Catholic School in Slave Lake. They ran into Beaver and an unknown associate. The associate sprayed them with bear spray. This caused an argument. Beaver stabbed the victim.

July 18 was a Saturday.

Police arrived at the scene at 7:56 a.m. says an RCMP news release. The victim was in his 20s.

The victim and two witnesses identified Beaver and his face tattoos, said the Crown.

On September 9, 2020, police found Beaver and arrested him for the previous stabbing, said the Crown. When they searched him, they found three knives and three mg of meth. The knives were for offensive or defensive purposes not as tools or to eat.

Beaver waived his right to a Gladue report, but defence read in some Gladue factors. Beaver’s grandparents were in residential school. He was in foster care from the age of four to 18. He “went off the rails” when his sister and grandfather died a few years ago.

Judge Marceau asked the defence if Beaver is addicted to meth.
“He’s a habitual user, which is the same thing,” said the defence.

Beaver was sentenced to five and a half years (66 months). He received three and a half years for the firearm conviction, two years consecutive for assault causing bodily harm, and 12 months concurrent for possessing a weapon for danger purposes. For possession of meth, Beaver was fined $1,000. This was converted to eight days in jail. He is prohibited from owning or possessing any weapon for life and ordered to submit a DNA sample.

Beaver had 16 months credit, so 50 months (four years and two months) left to serve.

Dale Radis, 37 from Edmonton, pled guilty to failure to report to the sexual offender registry.

On June 5, 2003, Radis was convicted of sexual assault causing bodily harm. Upon his release from prison, in 2005, he was ordered to report every year for 20 years to the sexual offender registry. He reported for eight years. In 2015, he did not report. When the charge was written in 2018, he still had not reported.

Since the charge was written, Radis has reported, said the defence. He remedied the situation before the court forced him to.

Radis’ last conviction is from 2017, said the defence. At that time, he found out his common-law partner was pregnant. He turned his life around. He’s in the methadone program and taking counselling. He isn’t working because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The purpose of the registry is to know where sexual offenders are, said Judge Marceau. From 2015 to 2017, Radis was in and out of jail.

“Everyone knows where he is,” Judge Marceau added. “The spirit was complied with,” if not the letter of the law. Radis is now complying and he did before he “fell off the rails.”

Radis was fined $600. Time to pay was given until January 31, 2022.

The 24-year-old man charged with the homicide of Darren Dawson set a date for a preliminary inquiry. It will be October 12 and 13 in Slave Lake Provincial Court.

Dawson’s body was found in a wildfire near Widewater in May 2019, says an RCMP news release at the time.

The suspect was arrested in September 2020, says an RCMP news release. He is charged with second degree murder, arson, and interfering with a body.

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