Cornwall swastika-carving vandal to make $22,400 restitution

In this provided photo from May 2019, a swastika is carved into the hood of a car on York Street in Cornwall, Ont. Christopher Marshall has been sentenced to house arrest and will have to make restitution to this owner and 10 others as well as a car rental company and two dealerships. The total restitution is $22,362.25. (Supplied via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – A Cornwall man who went on a tear two years ago vandalizing cars in the city will have to make nearly $22,400 in restitution to the owners.

The cars and trucks were vandalized in April and May 2019 on Pitt Street, Fourth Street West, York Street and Augustus Street.

Christopher Marshall, 39, pleaded guilty to five counts of mischief during a court appearance this month (April 13).

Judge Deborah Kinsella gave Marshall a one year conditional sentence and probation for three years. For the first six months, Marshall will be under house arrest, allowed to leave his home once a week for necessities. The second half will see Marshall under a number of court conditions.

The bulk of his punishment is paying back a rental car company, two car dealerships and 11 private car owners for the damage.

The private owners will be paid in installments of at least $100 a month, starting in June, as part of terms of the conditional sentence in order to repay a total of $6,500.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Miller Hughes Ford Lincoln and Cornwall Volkswagen – all on Pitt Street – will be paid a total of $15,862.25 through a standing restitution order.

Marshall had been facing 22 counts of mischief. Court records show the individual owners were lumped together on two counts, with the other three covering the businesses, for a total of five counts in the plea deal. The Crown withdrew the rest of the mischief charges.

Marshall was represented by Cornwall lawyer Neha Chugh.

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