Thursday, August 8, 2019

Judge has compassion on farmer

"A jail sentence would compound the family's grief," said Justice Julia Morneau of the Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound when she sentenced Emanuel Bauman in the accidental death of his four-year-old son.

Bauman’s child was riding in the tractor bucket when he fell out and was run over.

A jail sentence would mean that his "children would be without their father and his wife without his support," Morneau said.

She was satisfied Bauman would not reoffend, has learned from his behaviour, and that, in the loss of his son, "there is no more ultimate price than that."

"This is a rare event," Morneau said as she handed down a 10-year driving ban and 240 hours of community service, some of which Morneau hoped he would use to talk to others about farm safety.