Pipers thief Ashley Ryan sentenced for using dog spray
A St. John's woman was sentenced on Monday for dog spraying two security guards after she stole items from a Pipers store.
Ashley Ryan, 23, was sentenced to eight months and seven days. She will also be on probation for two years after her release.
The assaults occurred in September 2012, when Ryan stole a small table, picture frames, and knick-knacks from the Pipers location on Topsail Road in St. John's.
When the two security guards confronted her, she used dog spray on both of them. She also bit, kicked, and scratched one of the guards.
At trial, she was found guilty of two assaults with a weapon (the dog spray), weapons offences for having both the dog and bear sprays, assault causing bodily harm, and damaging a car.
She was also found guilty of breaching a court order to sign in with the RNC.
During the sentencing hearing, the Crown suggested that Ryan get up to a year and probation, while her lawyer asked for three to four months.
On Monday, Judge James Walsh noted that during her trial, Ryan was hostile, belligerent, and showed no empathy for the guards she had assaulted.
"It appears the simple crime of shoplifting is more serious now because of the use of weapons," he said.