A man who beat a woman who he’d found passed out in his bed will have a bed reserved at the Brandon jail for him on weekends.
Donovan Gabriel Lee Demas pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm and was sentenced in Brandon provincial court on Monday.
Court heard Demas was living with his sister in a ground-floor apartment at Massey Manor on Pacific Avenue at the time of the assault on June 2.
Demas, who was drunk, arrived home at 8:30 a.m. to find his sister’s friend in his bed.
Angered, he told the woman to get out, then jumped onto the bed and kicked and punched her in the face. He then pursued the fleeing woman to a common area and threw her into walls before he let her leave.
Crown attorney Grant Hughes said the victim suffered a broken nose and wrist, bruises and a swollen face.
Defence lawyer Carl Burch said his client was upset because the apartment he’d shared with his sister had been trashed.
Burch said the suite was a “nice place — nice and new.” (Massey Manor is an affordable housing complex that opened in September 2012.)
Demas provided furniture and other items for the apartment and came home to find damage from a party, Burch said. Cupboards and the toilet were broken, and so were windows which some visitors had used to get in.
The party in the apartment had ended by the time Demas got home, but continued elsewhere in the building.
Burch said his client “just lost it” when he found the passed-out woman in his bed, and she wouldn’t get up and explain what was going on.
Judge Donovan Dvorak sentenced Demas to 90 days in jail, which he’s allowed to serve on weekends. He’ll be on probation for a year after he serves his time.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 8, 2014