Time served and probation given in domestic assault

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An argument over cookies escalated to the point where a woman was punched in the face by her husband and left with a black eye on March 20, 2020.

Kyle Douglas pled guilty to assault, being in possession of a prohibited weapon and two breaches of bail in Sarnia court on May 9. He was given time served and probation of two years. He spent 25 days in jail before being sentenced.

The couple were in the kitchen of their Watford home when the argument began. They both had been drinking. She is a diabetic and he felt she shouldn’t eat any cookies.

She did not report the incident to police until May 2020, but she showed them a photograph of her black eye and said alcohol and drug use was an issue for Douglas. He was arrested but released on bail with one of the conditions that he not be in contact with her or go to the Wall Street home.

Neighbors could hear the couple arguing inside the Wall Street home on July 14, 2020. Douglas had left the home by the time police had arrived. He was found travelling north on Centennial Street in Watford on his John Deere tractor.

The woman reported to police Douglas had repeatedly emailed and texted her between May 1-17, 2021 and had attended her home several times to see his son in the yard. Douglas was described as unpredictable by the woman and neighbors reported he drove by the Wall Street home repeatedly. Police also stopped him on April 28, 2021 where he was found with a taser, and he did not have a licence.

The Crown was suggesting a suspended jail sentence with probation before he started breaching his bail, said Defence Lawyer Terry Brandon.

Conditions of his probation order include to have no contact with the victim, participate in counseling for domestic violence and substance abuse and not to have any weapons. A weapons prohibition of five years was put in place as well.

Blake Ellis, The Independent

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