Sar­nia hus­band sen­tenced to nine months for do­mes­tic as­sault

The Observer (Sarnia) - - NEWS - NEIL BOWEN nbowen@post­media.com

Ac­cu­sa­tions and de­nials of vi­o­lence filled a trial that ended with a Sar­nia hus­band be­ing sen­tenced to nearly nine months in jail for as­sault.

John Chad, 38, had pleaded not guilty to a list of charges re­lat­ing to his wife, prompt­ing a trial spread over many days dur­ing the past five months.

The cou­ple had known each other prior to the chance meet­ing in Sar­nia in 2011 that de­vel­oped into a mar­riage.

Chad tes­ti­fied that, dur­ing 2013, he thought they were both happy, as they planned a move to Van­cou­ver to aid his ca­reer as a chef.

But he also tes­ti­fied in Van­cou­ver, he knew the re­la­tion­ship was toxic.

The woman tes­ti­fied the re­la­tion­ship had been good and she was con­fi­dent it was going to work. Howe­ber, she al­leged he be­came more ag­i­tated as the time for the move ap­proached and had as­saulted her on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions. Chad de­nied any as­sault. In his de­ci­sion made Tues­day, Jus­tice Mark Horn­blower called the tes­ti­mony of each as com­pelling.

How­ever, Horn­blower said there were in­con­sis­ten­cies in the woman’s tes­ti­mony re­gard­ing some of the in­ci­dents she de­scribed.

Dur­ing tes­ti­mony, she de­scribed the same in­ci­dent in “com­pletely dif­fer­ent” ways, said Horn­blower as he dis­missed charges due to rea­son­able doubt ex­cept in one in­ci­dent, March 18, 2013.

Chad and the woman agreed she was in­jured when her face hit a door han­dle. Chad called it an in­no­cent ac­ci­dent, but she de­scribed it as de­lib­er­ate act in their Sar­nia apart­ment prior to the Van­cou­ver move.

She said he had slammed her face into the door han­dle, break­ing her nose and giv­ing her two black eyes.

Chad said she had jumped on his back, caus­ing him to shrug his shoul­ders. She fell and her face hit the door han­dle.

But in­con­sis­ten­cies in his tes­ti­mony about the in­ci­dent re­sulted in the con­vic­tion on that sin­gle charge of as­sault caus­ing bod­ily harm, said Horn­blower.

Chad had a record for vi­o­lence and Chad had told the woman about prior crimes, in­clud­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and rob­bery.

Horn­blower im­posed a 258-day sen­tence that Chad had al­ready served in pre-sen­tence cus­tody, along with two years pro­ba­tion. A life­time weapons ban was also im­posed.

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