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Ex-cop pleads guilty to violent assault on estranged wife

Victim recorded attack on cellphone

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A Winnipeg man has pleaded guilty to a violent assault on his estranged wife that she managed to capture on video using her smartphone.

The 60-year-old accused -- who isn't being named to protect the identity of the victim -- was a longtime Winnipeg police officer who retired in 2008.

He was arrested in 2011 following the attack inside his Winnipeg home. The man admits to having an argument with his spouse over finances, which ended when she fled to the bathroom, fearing for her safety. The man then forced open the door, choked her and threw her against a mirror.

'The damage that was done during the relationship was irreparable'

He also used the couple's pet chihuahua as a wedge, preventing the woman from shutting the bathroom door.

A grainy video of the incident, complete with audio, was presented in court Monday.

"I wish to express my sincere regret. I do humbly apologize," the man said before being sentenced.

He was given credit for three months of time previously spent in custody, plus put on one year of probation. The man is also barred from having any contact with the victim.

He was originally hit with 23 different criminal charges after his wife told police about numerous alleged incidents that occurred during their 12-year relationship. But the Crown stayed all but one assault charge on Monday, saying the rest likely couldn't have been proven.

Special prosecutor Ryan Rolston cited issues with the woman's version of events, including the fact she has been diagnosed with multiple personality disorder and gave conflicting statements.

"The damage that was done during the relationship was irreparable," the woman said Monday in a victim impact statement presented to court. She said her husband kept her in a controlling environment for years, isolating her from any friends and using her as a "puppet."

"Happiness was not allowed," she said.

Defence lawyer Hymie Weinstein presented numerous letters of support for the accused, with many describing this incident as out of character. The man has completed anger-management and domestic-violence counselling since his arrest, court was told.

www.mikeoncrime.com

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 8, 2014 B5

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