A man who forced his way into his ex-girlfriend’s house and threatened to kill her was sentenced to time served Thursday morning.
The Sun will not name the 44-year-old man to protect the identity of the victim. The man pleaded guilty in Brandon provincial court to forcible entry, mischief, assault and uttering threats from two incidents in the late winter of 2021.
On Feb. 27, Yellowhead RCMP responded to a call in a Westman First Nation in which a man was banging on a woman’s door trying to get inside, Crown attorney Jeannelle Allard said.
The man broke the main door to the residence to the point it no longer locked, she said, adding he woke up children in the residence in the process.
She said the intoxicated man wanted a place to sleep and tried to make the victim go to sleep with him. The incident was not sexual, Allard said, but the man assaulted his girlfriend in the process by pulling and pushing her to lie down with him.
Eventually, the man had to be removed from the house with "physical force."
"The accused was hit with a baseball bat given the fear the victim had of him being in the home," Allard said.
The man left and when police arrived they took photos of blood on the door.
Allard noted the two have a history of domestic violence and police had received similar calls in the past.
On March 8, police received another call from the same woman saying the man had threatened to kill her and everyone else in her house in a text message, Allard said.
The victim said the man sent her multiple text messages at approximately 6:30 a.m., where he threatened to kill her if she cheated on him, she said. He also said he was watching her and living nearby.
Officers went to the man’s residence, but couldn’t find him. Allard said he was arrested a few days later.
The Crown recommended a sentence of approximately 11 months time served in jail and two years of probation.
Defence lawyer Bob Harrison said the man is remorseful for breaking in and threatening his former girlfriend, but blamed the two incidents on methamphetamine.
"I know the history of crystal meth does often make people have angry outbursts and that’s what happened here," Harrison said.
The man has significant Gladue factors and had an extremely difficult childhood, including a violent father. Harrison said the man described it as a "living hell growing up."
Speaking to the court via video from jail, the man apologized for his actions. He said he is ashamed of himself and will work on getting his addiction under control.
Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta said the incident is concerning but the guilty plea spares the woman the trauma of having to testify at trial.
"When you hurt a person you’re in a relationship with and you hurt a woman you’re in a relationship with, you’re not showing that you’re strong or powerful, you’re demonstrating weakness and an inability to control yourself," Hewitt-Michta said to him.
She sentenced him to the equivalent of 326 days time served in jail and two years probation. She also banned the man from communicating with his ex-girlfriend.
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