Ad leads to jail time for local man

"It pays to advertise," the saying goes, but sometimes that saying isn't entirely correct

This personal ad

This personal ad

“It pays to advertise,” the saying goes, but sometimes that saying isn’t entirely correct.

A Clearwater man who attempted to reunite with his estranged wife through a classified ad in the Times has received 15 days in jail for his efforts (in addition to the 13 days he had already served).

Unfortunately for Gerald Kenneth Gardner, he had previously been released on a Recognizance not to have any direct or indirect contact with the woman.

The ad read: “Doreen, please come home, we can talk. Love you, Jerry.”

He apparently realized he had made a mistake and came into the newspaper office later to try to cancel the ad, but by then it was too late.

Clearwater RCMP became aware of the ad and arrested Gardner.

The man pleaded guilty in B.C. Supreme Court on Wednesday, April 20.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of ammunition. According to a court order, he is not allowed to possess firearms or ammunition.

Gardner was given 15 days for that crime, with the sentence to run concurrent with the other.