The courthouse in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo woman sees five-and-a-half-month sentence for armed robberies

Caroline Green, 50, sentenced on April 10 at courthouse in Nanaimo

A Nanaimo woman who pleaded guilty to a pair of armed robberies in 2016 will serve five and a half months in jail.

Caroline Green, 50, was arrested, charged with, and subsequently pleaded guilty to two Sept. 17, 2016 incidents in which she robbed Fairview Corner Store on Second Street and Super Save Gas on Wakesiah Avenue armed with a 10-inch kitchen knife.

Green will serve a 161-day sentence for the first count and a 165-day sentence concurrently for the second, according to a ruling by Judge J. Douglas Cowling at provincial court in Nanaimo on Tuesday, April 10.

In the gas station robbery, the owner’s son suffered a cut to his index finger and required 10 stitches after a struggle, according to Cowling. It is thought Green suffered a cut after a struggle with the corner store owner when he struck her hand with a baseball bat – she received three stitches. Police suspect she was under the influence of drugs at the time of arrest.

Green had been a gainfully employed, law-abiding citizen with no prior convictions, however her father died of lung disease in 2012 and her partner died of cancer in 2014. She had abused alcohol and was fired from her job as a veterinary surgical assistant in July 2015. She is also on medication for anxiety and depression.

Green moved into a supportive low-income housing facility in April 2016, where she was exposed to crack cocaine in July 2016 and became “instantly addicted,” according to Cowling. She burned through her savings in two months to support her habit. It was suggested, said Cowling, it came to a point where she owed about $160 to a dealer, referred to only as “Sparky,” who was said to have coerced her into committing the robberies and threatened her and her family.

Green will also be subject to a number of conditions. She will be on probation for three years and will have to adhere to a 7 p.m.-7 a.m. curfew for the first year.

Green will be prohibited from any contact with the owners of the gas station and convenience store and will have to pay restitution of $500 each to the owners of the convenience store and gas station, as well as the gas station owner’s son.

She won’t be able to consume or possess alcohol or drugs unless medical prescription. She won’t be able to possess a knife, unless it is used for food preparation.

Green is a landed immigrant, who moved to Canada from England when she was nine. Had the sentence been longer than six months, she would have lost the right to appeal a deportation order, said Chris Churchill, Green’s legal counsel.



reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Nanaimo firefighters train to save themselves

Fire Ground Survival Program teaches firefighters to stay alive when structure fires turn perilous

Greens want climate protection added to international trade agreements

Green Party leader Elizabeth May campaigns in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Election debate silenced voices

Forum at Beban Park should have included all candidates, says letter writer

Campaign brings NDP leader Jagmeet Singh through downtown Nanaimo

Singh says his party has ‘momentum’ heading into election day

VIU theatre department debuts instructor’s original new musical, ‘SlugFest’

Writer and director Ross Desprez created the musical with his students

City of Nanaimo planning to build new boathouse at Long Lake by 2023

$1.35-$2-million project would be used by local rowing, canoe and kayak clubs

Lantzville’s Pottie ‘walking away’ from derelict hotel in Port Alberni after one week

WorkSafe B.C. issues stop work order; owner says cost to continue too high

Beefs & Bouquets, Oct. 17

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

Greta Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta, but doesn’t talk oilsands

Swedish teen was met with some oil and gas industry supporters who came in a truck convoy

Zantac, the over-the-counter heartburn drug, pulled in Canada, U.S.

Health Canada also investigates possible carcinogen in some ranitidine drugs

B.C. public safety minister says cannabis edibles not in stores til January

Mike Farnworth says he wants regional issues considered when it comes to licensing

Scheer denies spreading ‘misinformation’ in predicting unannounced Liberal taxes

Conservative leader had claimed that a potential NDP-Liberal coalition could lead to a hike in GST

Council asks to limit cruise ship visits to Victoria harbour

Mayor says motion is not meant to curtail current visits or limit local cruise industry expansion

Most Read