Some­times don’t say it with flow­ers

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Delon Shurtz dshurtz@leth­bridge­

Noth­ing says, “I’m sorry,” like a nice bou­quet of flow­ers.

Un­for­tu­nately for Joseph Alain Hudon, that could prove to be an ex­pen­sive apol­ogy.

Dur­ing a hear­ing Thurs­day in Leth­bridge pro­vin­cial court, the Crown de­scribed a rather rocky re­la­tion­ship be­tween Hudon and his girl­friend. The two were al­ways ar­gu­ing and fight­ing, then ear­lier this year Hudon bought her some flow­ers. But in­stead of mak­ing things bet­ter, the cou­ple got into an­other ar­gu­ment, and as the woman was pack­ing to leave, Hudon hit her with the flow­ers.

Ini­tially charged with as­sault, the charge was with­drawn in court and Hudon pleaded guilty in­stead to breach­ing a pre­vi­ous pro­ba­tion or­der that re­quired him to keep the peace. Strik­ing his girl­friend with the flow­ers breached that peace, court was told, and he was sen­tenced to 15 days in jail.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of be­ing un­law­fully at large, stem­ming from a 90-day in­ter­mit­tent sen­tence he re­ceived in July. The man was or­dered to serve his sen­tence on week­ends, but on one of his sched­uled week­ends he failed to show up.

Hudon was sen­tenced to 30 days for be­ing un­law­fully at large, bring­ing his to­tal sen­tence Thurs­day to 45 days. He was given credit for 36 days spent in pre-trial cus­tody, leav­ing him with only nine days left to serve.

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