26 years old, 26 convictions

A prolific Penticton offender has been sentenced to 18 months and 3 years probation after RCMP caught him with a loaded firearm last summer.  

Seamus Ronald Kirby, 26, was arrested on July 22, 2016, near the apartment he was living in on Calgary Ave.

"The RCMP came into possession of information, from a confidential source, that Mr. Kirby was in possession of a shotgun at his apartment that he shared with his girlfriend,” the crown prosecutor told the courtroom.

Kirby appeared via webcam at the Penticton Law Courts, Monday morning, facing four firearms charges.

He has spent the last 360 days in custody. With enhanced pre-trial credit, he will likely be released Monday.

Judge Meg Shaw added a curfew to the first year of Kirby's probation, which sparked some concern from the accused, who said he had not made living arrangements for his immediate release, “I’ll end up breaching right away,” he told the judge.

Shaw told him to work it out with his probation officer.

Kirby knows the justice system well, and since the age of 21, has put 26 convictions on his record, 17 of those offences were for breaching court orders.  

He started using cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine at the age of 20, which "explains why you see the criminal record here, before you,” said the crown prosecutor.

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