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A man has been sentenced to a short stint in jail, as well as fines and probation, after assaulting his ex-girlfriend multiple times and a stranger once in the past year.
Adam Lloyd Muzylouski, 38, pleaded guilty in Brandon provincial court on Thursday to multiple charges, including assault, uttering threats and breaching court- ordered conditions to have no contact with his ex.
Muzylouski’s first outburst occurred in April of last year, Crown attorney Marnie Evans told the court, when an employee of the bar at the City Centre Hotel asked Muzylouski to leave as he had previously been banned from the establishment.
Muzylouski was playing pool when the employee approached him, Evans said, and threw a pool cue at the employee, who was narrowly able to avoid getting hit.
Muzylouski came at the employee while yelling, "go back to your country of Afghanistan, I don’t want to see terrorists in this country" and threatening to "come back with friends to kill (the employee)".
Muzylouski was able to stay out of trouble until August, Evans said, when his ex-girlfriend went to Brandon police station reporting Muzylouski had assaulted her the day before.
The woman told police the two had been drinking together at his home when he became agitated and accused her of "sleeping with all of Brandon," Evans said.
When she tried to collect her purse and leave, Muzylouski grabbed her and pushed her to the ground and then again into a wall.
She finally reached the door, only to have Muzylouski slam her into it before threatening to throw a bottle of wine at her.
The woman reported another incident with Muzylouski on Feb. 4, Evans said, despite there being a no-contact order in place.
Muzylouski and a mutual friend showed up at the woman’s house when she got home from work, Evans said, and they were drinking together and playing cards.
After staring at his phone for an extended period of time, Muzylouski suddenly started "freaking out," Evans said, accusing the woman of cheating on him.
The woman asked Muzylouski to leave multiple times, but he refused, so she decided to leave her own home because she was scared of what he was going to do to her.
Muzylouski blocked the woman from leaving and refused to let her go, proceeding to punch her in the face, push her onto a couch and then slap her in the face multiple times.
The woman was able to free herself and left the home out a back entrance, jumping the fence into her neighbour’s yard for help.
The woman had visible injuries, Evans said, including scratches and bruising.
Defence lawyer Patrick Sullivan said that after a tragic few years — which included a number of deaths in his family and Muzylouski himself almost dying after getting stabbed — Muzylouski developed an "unhealthy relationship" with alcohol and other substances such as methamphetamine.
Muzylouski is now in an active state of change, Sullivan said, taking steps to complete treatment and improve his life.
"If there is a silver lining to this cloud, it may be that this is the first time in his life that he’s redirecting himself toward a positive life and becoming a contributing member of society," Sullivan said.
"I am very remorseful, ashamed and embarrassed for being at the crossroad of my life again in this way," Muzylouski told the court. "I realize changes need to be made, and I’m willing to accept responsibility for my actions … I’d like to come back to society and contribute in a manner that is more healthy and more mature."
When presented with a recommended sentence, Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta questioned why it was so lenient considering one of the offences happened while Muzylouski was on a no-contact order with the victim.
Evans explained there were extenuating circumstances in the Crown’s case, specifically concerning the complainant’s co-operation and whether or not she would have been willing to testify had the case gone to trial.
Hewitt-Michta ultimately accepted the recommendation and sentenced Muzylouski to 15 days in jail, two years of supervised probation and $550 in fines.
"When you use violence, when you hit a woman that you’re in a relationship with, when you use violence to solve your problems —period — you are not demonstrating that you are strong, you are clearly indicating there’s a weakness there and an inability to control yourself," Hewitt-Michta told Muzylouski. "There’s a pattern there as of late, and you need to get some help."
As part of his probation, Muzylouski must complete domestic-violence counselling and anger-management programming.
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