R. v. Rentoul (1977), 8 A.R. 63 (TD)

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R. v. Rentoul

Indexed As: R. v. Rentoul

Alberta Supreme Court

Trial Division

Judicial District of Edmonton

McDonald, J.

September 2, 1977.


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Criminal Law – Topic 1375

Motor vehicles – Impaired driving – Breathalyzer – Demand for breath sample – Form of demand – Criminal Code of Canada, R.S.C. 1970, c. C-34, s. 235 – The accused was acquitted on a charge of refusal to comply with a demand to provide breath samples, where the police officer demanded “a sample”, instead of samples – The Alberta Supreme Court, Trial Division, allowed the Crown’s appeal and held that the demand was sufficient.

Cases Noticed:

Attorney General of Alberta v. Kozicky, [1972] 6 W.W.R. 623, appld. [para. 15].

R. v. Showell (1971), 15 C.R.N.S. 305, appld. [para. 15].

R. v. Flegel (1971), 5 C.C.C.(2d) 155, appld. [para. 16].

Statutes Noticed:

Criminal Code of Canada, R.S.C. 1970, c. C-34, sect. 235 [para. 3]; sect. 237(1)(c)(f) [para. 4].

Interpretation Act, R.S.C. 1970, c. I-23, sect. s. 26(7) [para. 10].


V.V. Stefaniuk, for the Crown;

P.B. Gunn, for the accused.

This case was heard at Edmonton, Alberta, before McDONALD, J., of the Alberta Supreme Court, Trial Division, Judicial District of Edmonton.

On September 2, 1977, McDONALD, J., delivered the following judgment:


R. v. Rentoul

(1977), 8 A.R. 63 (TD)

Court of King’s Bench of Alberta
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: This is an appeal by stated case. The Crown appeals from the acquittal of the accused by His Honour Provincial Court Judge Elford.

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