10/22/2015 19:30 EDT | Updated 10/22/2016 01:12 EDT

Saskatoon judge allows drug addict to serve sentence for theft at home

SASKATOON — A Saskatoon man has been given a six-month conditional sentence in what the Crown says was a staged robbery involving his girlfriend.

Braden Odishaw, who is 25, was found guilty of theft under $5,000 for stealing $200 from a HomeSense store on May 24.

The Crown said Odishaw gave note to his girlfriend, who was working the till, saying he was robbing the store.

Court heard she gave him $200 and then gave false information to police.

Court heard Odishaw is a drug addict with a drug debt of $10,000.

A pre-sentence report shows that despite having family support, Odishaw has never successfully completed a drug treatment program and is considered a high risk to reoffend.

He was also sentenced for stealing a snowboard from his brother, breaching his condition that he not take drugs and uttering a death threat to his grandfather.

Judge Barry Morgan said he wants Odishaw to get help for his drug addiction.

He ordered Odishaw to pay back the $200 and gave him a six-month conditional sentence order, which means he serves it in the community under strict conditions.

The conditions include staying away from his brother and grandparents unless they initiate contact. He also must seek treatment for his addictions and mental health issues, which court heard are closely connected.

Odishaw thanked the judge for not sending him to jail and giving him another chance.

“I'm utterly embarrassed of myself and my actions,” he wrote in a letter read aloud in court.

“I tried to fool myself into thinking that I didn't have a drug addiction. All I want is a chance to better myself and be there for my son.”

A woman is also facing charges in the case. She has yet to have her day in court.



CKOM, The Canadian Press