Bad decision results in fine
Woman pleads guilty to assault with a weapon
When police arrived at a westside home in December 2014, just two days before Christmas, they didn’t find presents under a tree. Instead what they found was a home splattered with blood and, oddly, smelling of bear spray. They also found a dented frying pan, all evidence of a fight that had occurred sometime before.
At about 1 a.m. Dec . 23 Darien Verreault and a male friend went to the home and got into an argument with another man. The argument turned into a violent fight with a hammer.
When it looked like the victim was getting the upper hand, Verreault swung a frying pan at his head, which he was able to block with his hand. Verreault panicked, ran from the house and retrieved bear spray from the vehicle in which she and her friend had arrived. She returned to the house and sprayed both men.
The male assailant, who was identified through his DNA, was arrested about a year later. His charges were resolved following a preliminary hearing.
Verreault, who was 18 years old at the time of the incident, was identified through the coaccused’s statement to police, and was charged with housebreaking to commit an indictable offence, and two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. However, she pleaded guilty Thursday in Lethbridge provincial court to a lesser charge of assault with a weapon and was fined $650, including a $150 victim fine surcharge.
Defence lawyer Scott Hadford told court his client, who hadn’t been involved in any criminal activity before, didn’t know the victim and panicked when she saw that he was getting the “upper hand” in the battle.
“She was terrified,” Hadford said, and then made a bad decision to get the bear spray.
Verreault’s friend was injured but never sought medical help. The victim sustained a skull fracture and concussion but has since physically recovered, Crown prosecutor Erin Olsen said.
In addition to her fine, Verreault must submit a sample of her DNA for the National DNA Databank. She is also prohibited from possessing certain firearms and weapons for 10 years, and others for life.
Follow @DShurtzHerald on Twitter