January 22nd, 2021

Man jailed for assaulting girlfriend

By Shurtz, Delon on March 24, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald


A 23-year-old man who repeatedly beat his former girlfriend has been sent to jail for several months.

Jordan James Dempster of no fixed address was sentenced to nine months in jail after pleading guilty Monday in Lethbridge provincial court to charges of assault, assault with a weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a weapon while prohibited, motor vehicle theft and breach of release conditions.

Court was told Dempster and his girlfriend were arguing Dec. 2, 2019 when he grabbed her by the throat and tried to suffocate her. Although she told him to leave, he remained overnight, then assaulted her the following day by jumping on top of her and punching her in the face and head.

Dempster fled before police arrived but a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Two days later Dempster returned to the woman’s house in Crowsnest Pass and assaulted her again, then ran from the house, jumped into a strange car and fled before police arrived. The victim told police Dempster repeatedly hit her, which caused bruises and cuts to her back, ribs and face. Police also found a sawed-off .22-calibre rifle in the home.

In addition to the nine-month jail sentence, for which he was given credit for 69 days spent in pre-trial custody, Dempster was placed on probation for 12 months and ordered to stay out of Crowsnest Pass. He must also submit a sample of his DNA for the National DNA Databank, and he is prohibited for life from possessing weapons.

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