Breaching a restraining order by trying to contact his grandkids has landed a Calgary senior six days behind bars.
Justice Corina Dario on Friday also suspended the octogenarian Holocaust survivor’s driver’s licence for three months as punishment for visiting the children’s former home earlier this week.
The man, who can’t be identified to protect the children’s identities, went to the central Alberta town where the kids were living with their adoptive parents this past Monday.
He went to their former residence and asked the new owners about the children’s whereabouts, Dario noted.
As part of an agreement between the man’s lawyer, Garrett Horvath, and the representative of the parents, Rupe Joshi, the senior will serve his time on six consecutive Wednesday evenings.
Dario said the courts have been lenient on the grandfather for breaching the restraining order in the past, but warned a far stiffer penalty could be imposed next time.
“That leniency is coming to an end,” the Court of Queen’s Bench judge said.
Horvath had asked Dario to reject Joshi’s request for a licence suspension, in part because the grandfather’s son is serving a 16-year prison term in Bowden for sexually assaulting one of the grandchildren.
“He visits his son on Friday in the penitentiary,” Horvath said.
But Dario said the man would have to rely on his friends, two of whom were there in court to support him, to get around.
The judge said those individuals could keep an eye on him to ensure he isn’t breaching the restraining order.