Kym Robert Arkell, 32, was sentenced at provincial court in Nanaimo Thursday for a knife-wielding incident. (News Bulletin file)

Man who threatened police with knife at Beban Park receives more jail time

Kym Robert Arkell pleaded guilty last week following an August incident in Nanaimo

A man charged in an August knife-wielding incident in Nanaimo has pleaded guilty and will serve additional jail time before being released to a residential support home.

Kym Robert Arkell, 32, who suffers from Klinefelter syndrome, causing cognitive difficulties, faced charges of possessing weapon for dangerous purpose, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm and assault with a weapon following an incident on Aug. 24.

A pair of Nanaimo’s Police Dog Service members approached Arkell in the area of Beban Park, as he had outstanding warrants, and Arkell pulled out a an eight-inch knife, threatened the officer and ran in the direction of Altrusa playground with police in pursuit. Arkell turned to face an officer with the knife and not only threatened the officer, but also asked the officer to shoot him.

Arkell was taken down by a second officer, but wouldn’t drop the knife. He refused to obey orders of the officers and as a result, they had to use force. He continued to struggle and was subsequently taken to hospital after suffering a punctured lung. He told police he had a pipe bomb, which turned out to be a cellphone.

Arkell also pleaded guilty charges related to a June 25 incident in which he broke into a home and was seen leaving with tools and cartons of cigarettes, and an Aug. 2 incident in which he threatened a couple in the Parkwood Drive area with bear spray.

During sentencing, it was revealed that Arkell had troubles with drug abuse since he was 10, although he is on medication to mitigate the addiction.

Arkell has been in custody since the Aug. 24 incident, and Judge J. Douglas Cowling sentenced him to an additional 21 days in jail.

Following his prison sentence, Arkell will be released to Carmichael Enterprises facility in Nanaimo, where he will reside and receive supervision.

Arkell will also be subject to conditions, including a curfew, 50 hours of community service within six months and he must not consume alcohol or drugs unless it’s a medical prescription.



reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Four Nanaimo athletes make Team B.C. for Canada Winter Games

Judo, synchronized swimming and boxing athletes qualify for games in Red Deer, Alta.

Buccaneers break a third-period tie to beat Generals

Nanaimo doubled up Oceanside 2-1 on Sunday in VIJHL action

100 squares of artwork will be exhibited at Gabriola show

More than 90 artists submitted 12-by-12 inch pieces to Squared Art Show starting Feb. 22

Nanaimo students win award for space solutions project

Students wait to see if they will go to California on the strength of their project

Web poll: What’s the right weekend to have Family Day?

Do you prefer this new Family Day weekend, or how it was before?

Nanaimo students win award for space solutions project

Students wait to see if they will go to California on the strength of their project

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

New round of consultations with Indigenous communities is coming

B.C. government provides $75,000 towards salmon study

Study looks at abundance and health of Pacific salmon in Gulf of Alaska

Kidney Foundation trying to keep patients warm this winter

Kidney Foundation of Canada’s Warm the Sole campaign takes chill off dialysis treatments

Man arrested following 2016 drive-by shooting in Nanaimo found guilty

Armaan Singh Chandi guilty of prohibited firearm use with intention of committing murder

B.C. athlete takes home gold in freestyle aerials at Canada Games

Brayden Kuroda won the event with a combined score of 121.65.

Murdered and missing honoured at Stolen Sisters Memorial March in B.C.

‘We come together to make change within the systems in our society’

UBC researchers develop inexpensive tool to test drinking water

The tricoder can test for biological contamination in real-time

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

He was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017

Most Read