A woman has been put on probation for stabbing her husband after he repeatedly punched her.
Jolene Cassandra Cook managed to break free from her husband, Robert Brass, after he hit her.
“The next thing she remembered was holding a knife in her hand and Mr. Brass was lying on the floor,” Crown attorney Kaley Tschetter said.
Cook pleaded guilty on Monday to assault with a weapon for the stabbing shortly before midnight on Feb. 26 at a Rosser Avenue apartment.
Cook and Brass had argued earlier that evening, Tschetter said.
At their apartment, Brass punched Cook in the face. When Cook tried to push Brass out of the suite, he tripped her and she fell to the floor where he punched her twice more in the face.
Cook somehow managed to free herself from Brass — she maintains she doesn’t remember what happened next. She was drunk at the time and her memory is foggy.
Tschetter said the next thing Cook knew, she was holding a knife and Brass lay on the floor.
Her forgiving husband told his wife he understood it was self-defence and told her to get rid of the knife.
Cook threw the steak knife out the window, but it was later found by police.
Officers arrived to find Brass conscious, but lying face down in the kitchen with a stab wound to his back.
He was taken to hospital with a collapsing lung and spent a couple of days there. He repeatedly told police and hospital staff that Cook had acted in self-defence.
Cook — her face swollen, and with a bite mark on her arm — was arrested in a nearby alley.
Her husband’s assertion the stabbing was self-defence doesn’t hold up, legally.
In court, Tschetter and defence lawyer Ryan Fawcett agreed that the stabbing was a disproportionate response to being punched.
Cook also admitted to subsequently breaking her bail conditions by moving without permission from the court, and by being with her husband on June 7.
Judge John Combs imposed an 18-month suspended sentence — a form of probation — for the assault with a weapon charge. Cook was also fined a total of $400 for the two bail breaches.
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