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Posted: 04/11/2013 5:33 PM | Comments: 0
A man who assaulted his girlfriend after a night of heavy drinking and then threatened to kill the two police officers who arrested him got a break in court today.
Arifullah Amin, 30, received a nine-month sentence after he pleaded guilty in provincial court to the charges but will serve no more time after getting credit for time already served while awaiting trial.
Court was told Amin and several friends went to the Opera night club on Main Street on the night of May 27, 2012 but were thrown out by security.
Amin claimed to have been injured by security during the incident and remained on the street in front of the club, yelling obscenities and pacing back and forth. When a woman, who identified herself as his girlfriend, tried to calm him down, he slapped her hard against the head, sending her staggering along the sidewalk.
The incident was captured on the club’s video surveillance and shown in court.
A passing police cruiser was flagged down and Amin was picked up, initially for being intoxicated. Court was told Amin spewed a stream of obscenities at the two arresting officers and after being handcuffed and placed in the rear of the cruisers he coldly threatened to kill both of them.
"He leaned forward (and told the first officer) I’m going to hunt you down and kill you and your family," Crown prosecutor Daniel Chaput told the court of what Amin had said. Chaput said Amin then turned to the second officer and said: "When I’m done with him, I’m coming for you and your family."
Chaput said the assault and threats warranted a combined nine-month sentence but defence counsel Sheldon Pinx countered that Amin’s actions were out of character and fuelled by alcohol.
Amin has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 2000, including assaults and robbery. Amin just started serving a one-year sentence for assault causing bodily harm for an incident in B.C. back in September 2010.
Amin told the court he didn’t remember anything that happened that night in front of the night club and never intended to harm or threaten the Winnipeg police officers.
Amin said he didn’t know the woman he had struck, denying she was his girlfriend and that he was married to someone else.
"I would never speak to officers like that," Amin said. "I’ve been arrested many times and I’ve always been respectful. I do apologize."
Provincial court Judge Wanda Garreck said Amin’s actions were "completely abusive, threatening, vulgar and disgusting."
Garreck gave Amin two months for the assault and seven months for the threats, both to be served concurrently. Because she gave him credit for the time attributed to waiting for the charges, he will not serve any additional jail time for these convictions.
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