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Man, 20, sentenced to 12 years for 'horrific' attack on mother of three

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A young Manitoba man has been handed a 12-year prison sentence for his "explosion of brutality" against a mother of three that saw her scarred for life from being brutally beaten and stabbed upwards of 30 times.

"If this isn't clear by now, I thoroughly denounce what you did," provincial court Judge Tim Preston told a blank-faced Christopher Lee Green on Wednesday.

Green pleaded guilty last week to a charge of aggravated sexual assault in connection with his savage May 25, 2012 attack on the 24-year-old victim on a small, remote Manitoba community.

The Free Press is not identifying the community as it could identify her.

Green, 20, attacked the woman in her own home after she awoke to find him trying to kiss her and rebuffed his advances. She never invited him over and had no idea how he came to be there.

The gruesome assault saw the victim dragged from room to room in her house and attacked with scissors before being able to escape outside.

Green caught up with her, asking, "Why did you run away from me?"

He then dragged her to a ditch and attacked her some more. She was able to crawl to a nearby home to seek help.

She was airlifted to hospital in Winnipeg, where three surgical teams were required to try to repair the damage.

In her blood-soaked home, RCMP found Green had legibly scrawled the words, "I had fun" in the victim's own blood on a wall.

Preston called this a "perverse and sadistic celebration" of what he'd done.

The judge employed a wealth of grim adjectives to hammer home his condemnation of Green's conduct. "Prolonged. Brutal. Vicious. Appalling... in short, horrific," Preston said. "The public needs protection from Mr. Green."

Green was arrested shortly after the attack. "Is that person still alive?" he asked the next day while in custody.

Preston pointed to gruesome pictures of the victim's facial wounds presented to him by the Crown as clear evidence of the viciousness of the attack.

"These few photographs are a silent witness to the atrocities perpetrated by Mr. Green," said Preston.

Prosecutor Dave Mann requested a sentence of up to 14 years, while defence lawyer Mike Walker sought no more than 10 years.

After time awaiting resolution of the case was factored in, Green was left with 101/2 years to serve.

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 28, 2013 B3

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