January 21st, 2018

Man sentenced to 10 months for assault causing bodily harm

By Shurtz, Delon on September 13, 2017.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald


A man who cut another man following a fight earlier this year on the Blood Reserve was handed a jail sentence Tuesday but won’t spend any more time behind bars.

Allen Hunt was sentenced to 10 months in jail after he pleaded guilty in Lethbridge provincial court to one count of assault causing bodily harm. He was credited, however, for time he already spent in custody while waiting to resolve his charge, and his sentence is deemed served.

Court was told Hunt and another man were drinking at a residence when the two began arguing. They agreed to step outside to fight, which they did for some time, then they returned to the house.

While the victim sat in a chair in the kitchen, Hunt walked up to him and struck him in the neck with something, which caused a five centimetre cut requiring several stitches to close.

When police arrived they found the victim lying on the floor and a woman holding a towel over the cut. The man’s left ear was also cut.

Crown prosecutor Vaughan Hartigan said the assault was particularly aggravating because Hunt used some kind of weapon to attack his victim after the consensual fight was over. However, Hartigan admitted the Crown’s case would have been difficult to prosecute without the guilty plea because both men were highly intoxicated, there weren’t any witnesses and information about the type of weapon used was vague.

In addition to the jail sentence, Hunt is also prohibited from possessing firearms and other weapons for life and he must submit a sample of his DNA for the National DNA Databank.

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