Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Pleads to Reduced Charge in Attack Fuelled by Alcohol and Steroids

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Pleads to Reduced Charge in Attack Fuelled by Alcohol and Steroids

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Man pleads to reduced charge in attack

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WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg man has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for attacking his common-law partner in a liquor and steroid-induced rage.

Christopher Rutherford, 33, had been charged with attempted murder but on Wednesday he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, as well as breaching both his curfew and no-contact orders.

Court has been told that Rutherford and Shaylene Blomme, 23, had gone to a nightclub to celebrate on New Year's Day in 2016.

The Crown says Rutherford was intoxicated when he took the keys to Blomme's vehicle, forced her into the passenger seat, hit her twice in the face and crashed the vehicle into a semi-trailer.

The defence says Rutherford had been on steroids and has accepted responsibility and been involved with anger management and addictions programs, as well as peer tutoring other inmates with the John Howard Society. …

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