Treatment needed over jail

A South Okanagan man who begged in court for help with his drug addiction will spend just under three more months in prison for a car theft and several breaches of probation and bail.

Trevor Garowey, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of stolen property over $5,000 and breach in connection to a van theft in Penticton back in 2015.

Garowey was arrested in the driver's seat of a van that was stolen just five hours prior on Nov. 6, 2015.

He was released on a promise to appear and failed to do so several times, not showing up for his trial date. He ended up in custody in Alberta for most of 2016, making his way back to B.C. in 2017, where he breached his bail conditions again on April 10.

Defence lawyer James Pennington said his client’s Asperger's disorder has created problems with impulse control.

Garowey stood to address Judge Michelle Daneliuk, and requested she impose drug counselling conditions on him.

“The reason I keep coming to jail, is I keep getting high, and I’ve had no help with my drug addiction,” he said, adding he needed treatment for his methadone addiction rather than time in jail.

The court heard that Garowey has struggled with meth since his teens and has grown estranged from his parents.

Pennington noted that if the court ordered the drug treatment, his client would have it covered financially by BC Corrections.

Garowey said he has been in regular contact with residential treatment facilities in Kelowna and Penticton, trying to secure a bed for when he is released, but it’s likely he will be living in a homeless shelter if one isn’t ready for him when he’s released from jail.

Daneliuk imposed a 165-day sentence and 12 months of probation. With credit for time served, he will be out in 82 days.

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