A man who was stabbed during an argument with his wife has been sentenced to time served for starting the fight by punching her.
“To a great extent, justice was already meted out on you as a result of your behaviour,” Judge John Combs told Robert Thomas Marcel Brass in Brandon court on Monday.
Brass pleaded guilty to assault, and Crown attorney Grant Hughes described the following events.
Despite this account, the allegations against Brass’ wife — who is charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose — haven’t been proven in court.
Hughes said police were called to a report of a man and woman fighting at a city apartment on Feb. 26. On the way, officers were informed that the woman had stabbed the man.
Police arrived to find Brass lying face down in the kitchen with a puncture wound to his upper back.
Brass, who had been drinking, was conscious and told police that he’d blacked out and his wife had no choice but to stab him. He was taken to hospital with a collapsed lung.
Meanwhile, his wife was found in a nearby alley and was arrested for assault with a weapon.
She told police that the couple had been arguing and Brass punched her in the face, tripped her on her way to the floor, held her and punched her in the face twice more.
“She managed to get away and the next thing she remembers is holding a knife in her hand and Mr. Brass lying on the floor,” Hughes said.
Brass was forgiving, Hughes said. He told his wife he understood it was self-defence, then told her to get rid of the weapon, which was a small steak knife.
Brass also admitted to breaching his bail order by drinking on May 21.
Combs sentenced him to six days time served, followed by 18 months probation.
Meanwhile, Brass’s wife is set to appear in court on June 23.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 27, 2014