A woman who was "terrorizing" her ex-boyfriend, as the Crown put it, while trying to get him to drop charges against her has been sentenced to time served.
For months, she wouldn’t leave the victim alone.
"She continuously hunts him down, for lack of a better word," Crown attorney Grant Hughes said.
Natasha Jaylene Hall, 26, had no criminal record prior to her sentencing in Brandon provincial court on Monday. She pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon, obstructing justice, uttering threats, mischief, forcible entry and numerous breaches of release orders.
First, on April 3, Hall’s ex-boyfriend complained that she had smashed windows at his apartment, stolen money and a tablet, and assaulted him. Police noted the victim had a large bite on his face and an injured hand.
Hall was released with an order that she not contact nor communicate with her ex, and that she not go to his home.
But about three weeks later, she went to his apartment and told him she needed to spend the night as she was living out of town and had a medical appointment at the Brandon hospital the next day. When he said no because they weren’t to have contact, she smashed a window. When the victim told her he was going to the police station, she grabbed a carving knife and tried to stab him.
The victim managed to grab Hall’s arm and she dropped the knife, but she still hit him in the face.
Then, on May 7 — now on an order that she not contact the victim and to be at least 50 metres from him and his home — she went back. The victim found her in the hallway of his apartment building and while armed with a piece of glass, she asked for money and told him he’d better drop the prior charges.
The ex-boyfriend was an immigrant and Hall threatened to have him deported, adding that people would hurt him if he didn’t follow her demands. She fled when the victim called out to a neighbour to dial 911, but when he later returned home from a friend’s residence, he found her locked in his apartment. She demanded money before she fled again, and police couldn’t find her.
On June 4, she was wanted on a warrant when she and another man broke into her ex’s apartment while he was in the shower. Hall asked for money and to stay at the apartment a couple of days. When the victim refused, Hall hurled food and her companion brandished a pocket knife.
The victim tried to escape, but was grabbed by the male intruder and his ex slapped and bit him, telling him again that he’d better drop the charges.
The victim managed to briefly escape the apartment, but his ex followed and broke his phone so he couldn’t call police. She yet again told him to drop the charges before finally leaving.
At some point, she’d mentioned having to go to Brandon University to check her Facebook and she was arrested there in the library.
She was released and banned from being in Brandon when she breached her conditions two more times before being held in jail — once when caught at a Brandon address with the above victim, and again when she was found in the city and in breach of a curfew while with another man she wasn’t to have contact with.
Held in custody since Oct. 15, Hall was sentenced on Monday to time served and two years probation on all charges.
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