Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba High Court Won't Hear Appeal of Winnipeg Man Who Stabbed Girlfriend

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba High Court Won't Hear Appeal of Winnipeg Man Who Stabbed Girlfriend

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Man who stabbed girlfriend won't get to appeal

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WINNIPEG - Manitoba's highest court won't hear an appeal by a man who plunged a knife into his girlfriend's chest after accusing her of cheating on him.

Gary Linklater of Winnipeg wanted to argue that his two-year prison sentence should be reduced on several grounds.

Linklater's girlfriend was taken to hospital in critical condition and had to undergo surgery to repair damage to her liver and diaphragm.

Court was told she continues to suffer physical and emotional distress.

Linklater said the judge exaggerated the attack by calling it "relatively forceful," and also didn't give proper consideration to his troubled background.

The Manitoba Court of Appeal, in a written decision released this week, said there's no denying it was a violent attack.

"(The trial judge's) description of the assault as being 'relatively forceful' was, in my view, clearly reasonable and supported by the fact that a ten-inch blade was buried in his girlfriend's chest up to the handle of the blade," Chief Justice Richard Chartier wrote. …

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