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No prison time for woman who slashed man's throat

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A Winnipeg woman who slashed the throat of a partially paralyzed stroke victim -- because he refused her demand for money -- will not be going to a federal penitentiary.

Wendy Crait, 33, was sentenced to two years less a day in a provincial jail this week after pleading guilty to assault with a weapon.

Queen's Bench Justice Shane Perlmutter rejected the Crown's bid for a much longer prison term, citing the fact Crait has fetal alcohol syndrome and suffered through a childhood filled with drug addiction and sexual and physical abuse. "She appears to be benefitting from her rehabilitative efforts. A lengthy term of imprisonment would be counterproductive to her rehabilitation," he said.

Crait was visiting the 60-year-old victim in November 2008 when she asked him for some money. She became angry when he said he didn't have any and grabbed a kitchen knife that she hid up her sleeve. Crait leaned in as if to give the man a hug, pulled his head back and ran the knife across his neck, court was told.

Crait also slashed him across the face before fleeing his apartment. The man's injuries could have been fatal if the cut had been deeper.

Crait was originally charged with attempted murder but the Crown accepted a plea to a reduced charge.

The victim has permanent scarring and told court in a statement that he no longer trusts people.

The defence said Crait had previously had sex with the victim in exchange for drugs and may have thought he was going to rape her.

www.mikeoncrime.com

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 21, 2011 B3

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