By Shurtz, Delon on June 13, 2018.
A 28-year-old Blood Reserve man has been given a suspended sentence after admitting he attacked a woman while she walked through a city park last summer.
Although Rommel Crying Head doesn’t remember details of the incident, he pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court to one count of assault.
Court was told a young woman was walking through Henderson Lake Park shortly after 10 p.m. Aug. 17 of last year. After she crossed a foot bridge leading to the golf course on the south side of the park, she felt a tap on her shoulder and turned around to see an intoxicated Crying Head standing in front of her.
The accused, who was originally charged with sexual assault, pushed the woman to the ground and, while “mumbling and grumbling” incoherently, tried to remove her shorts. She managed to prevent her shorts from being pulled all the way off and was able to get away from her attacker.
The victim described Crying Head to a police sketch artist and pointed out the accused had a teardrop-shaped tattoo on his face. Only a few days later an officer saw a man downtown who matched the description and Crying Head was arrested.
Crown prosecutor Brad Stephenson said Crying Head vaguely recalls being in the park and encountering a woman, but he told police he couldn’t remember attacking her. Stephenson noted the incident occurred around the anniversary of the death of Crying Head’s brother.
As part of his suspended sentence, Crying Head will be on probation for 18 months. He was ordered to take grief and psychological counselling, as well as counselling for substance abuse. He is prohibited from possessing weapons and having any contact with the complainant, and he must submit a sample of his DNA for the National DNA Databank. He was also levied a $200 victim fine surcharge.
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