Woman as­saulted, threat­ened with firearm

Hus­band jailed 30 months in at­tack

North Bay Nugget - - NEWS - PJ Wil­son

a man who threat­ened his wife with a loaded firearm in front of their chil­dren was sen­tenced this week to 30 months in pen­i­ten­tiary.

the 35-year-old man pleaded guilty in on­tario Court of Jus­tice to one count each of as­sault and us­ing a firearm to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence.

a pub­li­ca­tion ban was im­posed to pro­tect the iden­ti­ties of the vic­tims.

Court was told that on July 12 the man had been con­sum­ing al­co­hol at his res­i­dence and went out­side to con­tinue drink­ing and play­ing loud mu­sic.

his wife went out­side at about 9 p.m. to ask him to turn the mu­sic down and the man pushed her to the ground and struck and kicked her.

a young son was with her at the time of the at­tack.

the vic­tim went in­side and told her mother, who was vis­it­ing, to call po­lice, but the man went into the res­i­dence and went to the bed­room where he got a firearm and loaded it.

he went into the kitchen where his wife and oth­ers were and threat­ened to kill her.

the women and their chil­dren es­caped to a neigh­bour’s house where po­lice were called.

the man was taken to the north Bay re­gional health Cen­tre where he left and was later ar­rested.

a north Bay po­lice of­fi­cer was as­saulted dur­ing that ar­rest, court was told.

“he apol­o­gizes from the bot­tom of his heart to his fam­ily,” de­fence coun­sel ge­off La­plante told court, but “the peo­ple he wants to apol­o­gize to the most are not here – his chil­dren.”

the chil­dren, La­plante said, “didn’t de­serve to have this hap­pen to them.”

La­plante said it was “a case of good for­tune . . . that no one was killed,” stress­ing that firearms and al­co­hol don’t mix.

the man, he said, not only was in­tox­i­cated but suf­fers from per­sis­tent men­tal ill­ness, in­clud­ing de­pres­sion and bipo­lar dis­or­der.

Crow­nat­tor­n­ey­col­in­m­c­mor­row noted that the man has, since the of­fence, taken steps to make amends to his chil­dren.

“this could have turned out to­tally dif­fer­ent,” Jus­tice Cather­ine Mathias Mc­don­ald ob­served.

“this is some­thing you read about every day. it’s fright­en­ing.

“this could have been a lot worse,” Mathias Mc­don­ald said.

Mathias Mc­don­ald ac­cepted a joint sub­mis­sion from Crown and de­fence for a 30-month cus­to­dial term.

the weapon and am­mu­ni­tion used in the in­ci­dent were seized and he is pro­hib­ited from pos­ses­sion weapons for 10 years.

he also was or­dered to pro­vide a dna sam­ple.

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