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Pair sentenced for brutal beating, stabbing

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Two Winnipeg men have admitted to a brutal attack around a bonfire that ended with their so-called friend being stabbed in the neck, the tip of the knife breaking off and lodging near his spine.

The victim made a full recovery, save for scarring on his face.

Mark Woodcock and Tyler Hiebert pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated assault. Woodcock was given 20 months in jail for his role, while Hiebert received 18 months of supervised probation. The sentences were part of a joint recommendation from Crown and defence lawyers.

The victim, the two men and several others had gathered inside a Winnipeg park on the evening of Sept. 14, 2010, to share some drinks and laughs, court was told. But the party took an ugly turn when Woodcock began making sexual advances towards the victim's girlfriend.

The victim and Woodcock came to blows, ending with Woodcock head-butting him at least three times, knocking him to the ground, pulling out a knife, slashing his face and jamming the knife into his throat, court was told. Hiebert also jumped in, throwing at least one punch at the victim.

The victim was able to call 911 to get medical help and was rushed to hospital where he underwent surgery to remove the tip of the knife. Fortunately no vital organs were struck.

Both accused were arrested at the scene and were intoxicated, court was told. The men had no prior criminal records, which the Crown says played a factor in striking a plea bargain and recommending sentences that may be seen on the low-end of the spectrum.

Queen's Bench Justice Don Bryk urged both men to get their acts together and learn from this near-tragic incident or else risk spending much more of their futures behind bars.

www.mikeoncrime.com

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 2, 2012 A16

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