Sarnia man sentenced for quickly breaking a court-ordered ban on communicating with a woman

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A Sarnia man was given jail time after violating a ban on communicating with a woman — the same day it was issued.

The man, 32, was sentenced behind bars for 30 days after pleading guilty to assaulting and threatening a woman and twice breaking a court-ordered contact ban.

It was June 15 when the man yelled at his spouse, got on top of her and shook her, causing a minor injury. He yelled that if the woman left him, he’d break her jaw or have someone else do it.

Police were called in response to the woman yelling for help.

Following his arrest, the man was ordered not to communicate with the woman. But later that day he went to their home, wanting to speak to her.

Then, on Aug. 4, while under a new non-communication order, the man went to the woman’s home at 2 a.m.

The man blatantly ignored court orders, including one on the same day it was made, assistant Crown attorney Nila Mulpuru said in support of a joint submission by Crown and defence for a 30-day sentence.

The man appears to need counseling regarding healthy relationships, Mulpuru said in calling for 18 months of probation.

The joint submission for 30 days and 18 months of probation was appropriate, Justice Mark Hornblower said.

The 30-day sentence included the equivalent of the 21 days the man had served in pre-sentence custody.

During probation the man cannot contact the woman except with her written, revokable consent.

The man must give police a DNA sample.

nbowen@postmedia.com


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