Sentencing delayed for carjacker

Nickolas Bullock’s case put over to give counsel more time to prepare

The man charged over a carjacking near Creston last October will be waiting until later this year to learn his sentence.

Nickolas Bullock was back in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court on Thursday morning where his sentencing hearing continued.

The 27-year-old man has pleaded guilty to robbery, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer, and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.

However, on October 10, Judge Deirdre Pothecary adjourned the sentencing to allow defense and prosecution to look into matters that would effect her decision.

The sentencing hearing was held in Port Coquitlam, but Cranbrook-based Crown prosecutor Andrew Mayes appeared via video link in the case. A video feed to the Port Coquitlam court room was set up from Cranbrook’s court house.

On Tuesday, the Crown suggested that Bullock should receive a global sentence of eight years and two months. However, defense counsel Gary Botting suggested a sentence of less than 18 months would be appropriate.

Bullock is charged in connection with the October 2, 2012, carjacking in Kitchener. Bullock and his 17-year-old girlfriend were hitchhiking and a Creston man stopped to pick them up. Bullock then told the driver to get out of the vehicle and pepper sprayed him.

The stolen vehicle was later chased by police through Cranbrook.

On Thursday, Judge Pothecary placed a sweeping publication ban on the case that prohibits media from mentioning events related to Bullock’s arrest in Cranbrook.

Bullock will next appear in court Jan. 31, 2014, in Port Coquitlam.