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Wrong name at the wrong time


BONNYVILLE - One man learned the hard way not to lie about his identity. 

David Owen Kitchin, a 46-year-old St. Paul resident, was arrested on Dec. 12 by Smoky Lake RCMP following a traffic stop where he provided the wrong name at the wrong time. 

Kitchin pleaded guilty to obstructing police during his Tuesday, Dec. 17 court appearance in Bonnyville, admitting he lied to RCMP about his identity.

According to Crown prosecutor Renato Di Lorenzo, officers had pulled Kitchin over and in order to avoid getting in trouble for breaching his conditions, he provided a false name to police. 

Di Lorenzo noted it turned out the identity he gave officers was that of someone suspended from driving. During his arrest, Kitchin admitted to lying about his name, and told police the truth. 

Honourable Judge Kathleen Williams agreed with the joint submission between the Crown and defence counsel Stephanie Oleksyn for six days in jail. 

Kitchin has remained in custody since his arrest and was on a time-served basis. 

He will be back before the court in St. Paul on May 11 for trial in relation to sexual assault charges. 

Meagan MacEachern, Bonnyville Nouvelle