A man who repeatedly assaulted his girlfriend and sexually assaulted her has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.
Jarrett Lee Gardiner, 31, was sentenced in Brandon Court of Queen’s Bench on Monday for four counts of assault and a count of sexual assault.
Gardiner was convicted of those offences following a trial. They were committed in Virden between February and July of 2011.
At trial, Justice Robert Cummings found that Gardiner had assaulted his then-girlfriend on four different occasions — he’d head-butted her, choked her unconscious, thrown her to the ground twice in one instance, and put a pillow over her face.
The sexual assault happened when an argument grew physical. Gardiner removed his girlfriend’s clothes and had sex with her even though she had told him to stop several times.
Cummings said that assault met the definition of "major sexual assault" under the law. He noted that the victim had received a neck injury that required treatment.
Gardiner maintains that he doesn’t remember all of the above events as he was using drugs and alcohol daily.
Since the offences, Cummings noted, Gardiner has taken steps to address his substance use and hasn’t reoffended.
In total, Cummings sentenced him to 37 months in prison.