Nose biter jailed

The Prince George Citizen - - News -

A woman who bit the tip off another woman’s nose dur­ing a fight at a house party in north­ern Saskatchew­an has been sen­tenced to one year in jail.

Joan McKenzie, who is 40, was sen­tenced Wed­nes­day in Prince Al­bert Court of Queen’s Bench fol­low­ing her con­vic­tion in March on a charge of ag­gra­vated as­sault.

McKenzie’s trial heard that the as­sault hap­pened in Stan­ley Mis­sion in Septem­ber 2017.

The Crown had been seek­ing a sen­tence of 18 to 24 months plus two years pro­ba­tion.The de­fence had asked for six months in jail and three years of pro­ba­tion.

Both pros­e­cu­tor Aaron Martens and de­fence lawyer Crys­tal Eninew say they be­lieve the sen­tence is fair.

Ken­dra Wes­ley, the woman who was bit­ten, was on hand for the sen­tenc­ing and said out­side court that McKenzie wanted to apol­o­gize af­ter a short phys­i­cal con­fronta­tion, but then lunged at her face mo­ments later.

“She wanted to hug it out and that’s what I as­sumed she wanted to do, but she had other in­ten­tions,” said Wes­ley, who is sched­uled for a third and fi­nal op­er­a­tion this month to re­pair dam­age to her nose. She is also pur­su­ing a de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“It was like coun­selling for me to go to school and just not hide in my room all the time. I’ve come a long way from where I was two years ago.”

McKenzie, who sobbed in the pris­oner’s box dur­ing her sen­tenc­ing, will be on pro­ba­tion for two years upon re­lease and must abide by a num­ber of con­di­tions, in­clud­ing a cur­few.

The trial judge noted that while the woman had a history of vi­o­lence, she had not com­mit­ted any crim­i­nal acts for 17 years and had sent a let­ter of apol­ogy to the vic­tim. The judge also ac­knowl­edged her ed­u­ca­tional achieve­ments, in­clud­ing a Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion de­gree.

Martens said he does not ex­pect to file an ap­peal.

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