Domestic Assault with Salami (Calgary) – Charge Withdrawn

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Charges:
CC: s.267(A) – Assault with a Weapon

Allegations:
My client came home drunk to find his wife studying.  He got angry with her because their son was still up and there was some food left on the table.  She ignored him.  He got angry and threw a phone at her, telling her to book him a flight back to India.  She continued to ignore his attempts to pick a fight with her.  Her ordered her to clean up the kitchen.  She told him that she was busy studying and that he could clean it up.  He became enraged, grabbed her by her hair and ears, forced her head between his legs, and punched her in the back of the head several times.  He then grabbed the salami from the table and began angrily stuffing it into her mouth.  Police investigated and discovered there was a long history of unreported domestic violence, including one incident that resulted in his wife having knee pain for 2 years, and her elbow needing to be in a splint.  Their 8 year-old son described to police numerous previous incidents he had witnessed, including times when he tried to intervene in order to stop his father from beating his mother.

Result:
Charge Withdrawn.  Resolved with a Peace Bond

Angry Ex Sets Wife’s Car on Fire (Calgary) – Weekends in Jail & Probation

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Charges:
CC: s.434 – Arson; s.264(2)(B) – Criminal Harassment; s.334(B) – Theft under $5k

Allegations:
My client had been separated from his wife for 2 years, after 18 years of marriage and children.  My client attended at her residence, while she was away, and stole 2 pairs of her dirty panties, as well as her Apple Watch, in order to track her and to go through her apps.  My client then began sending angry messages to his ex-wife, after learning that she was in a new relationship.  He said that if he had a gun, he would kill them both.  He also sent her repeated unwanted communications, attempting to reconcile.  She filed for divorce and obtained a Restraining Order against him.  One day, he found her car parked on the street outside of her new boyfriend’s residence. He poured gasoline all over her car and set it on fire, causing it to be completely destroyed, and causing her boyfriend’s vehicle in front of it to also get severely damaged. My client admitted everything to the police, so there was no defence.

Result:
My client served 60 days in jail (served on weekends only), followed by a period of probation for one year.  He also had to pay restitution in an amount over $35,000.

Meth Addict on The Run (Calgary) – Warrant

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Charges:
CC: s.334(B) – Theft Under $5000 x 5; s.145(5) – Fail to Attend for Identification x 3; s.145(2)(A) – Fail to Attend Court x 4; s.341 – Fraudulent Concealment of Merchandise; s.403(1)(A) – Impersonation; s.129(A) – Obstructing a Police Officer; CDSA: s.4(1) – Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth) x 2.

Allegations:
My client stole numerous items from stores, numerous times, worth thousands of dollars; she lied about name; failed to attend for fingerprints and failed to attend court several times, and was found to be in possession of crystal meth a couple of times.

Result:
I had negotiated a deal, whereby my client would plead to some of the offences, be placed on probation for 2 years (for treatment), and all other charges would be withdrawn. However, she didn’t show up at her sentencing hearing, and warrants issued for her arrest – again.

False Report of Shooting (Calgary) – Charge Withdrawn

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Charges:
CC: s.140(1)(C) – Public Mischief (Falsely Reporting a Crime).

Allegations:
My client called 911 and reported that he had been shot by his neighbour and that he was bleeding to death in his apartment.  When police could not locate him, he advised them that he was now at the park.  They searched the park, but could not find him.  They returned to his apartment, and continued to knocked on his door, but there was no response.  They took into custody some of his neighbours, but could not locate any firearms.  Finally, they forced their way into my client’s apartment, and found him standing there.  He was extremely intoxicated and had no injuries. He was apprehended on a Form 10 due to serious Mental Health concerns.

Result:
Charge Withdrawn.  Crown withdrew the charge on the day of Trial.