Newspaper article The Canadian Press

CRIME-Domestic-Violence-Lawsuit

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

CRIME-Domestic-Violence-Lawsuit

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MONTREAL - A court has awarded a Quebec woman who was violently attacked by her longtime partner 315-thousand dollars in damages.

It's a decision her lawyer hopes will provide victims of domestic violence another avenue to obtain justice.

The woman, whose identity is not revealed in the court documents, testified that the attack took place while she was confined for three days in September of 2012.

Court documents says she was beaten and bruised by Craig O'Brien, with whom she had been in a common law relationship for seven years.

O'Brien testified he was extremely intoxicated and could not remember the extent of the injuries he inflicted, which included a broken finger, multiple contusions and lacerations.

He also prevented her from eating.

O'Brien pleaded guilty to charges including unlawful confinement, assault and aggravated assault and was sentenced by a Quebec court judge to eight months in jail, serving just a few months. …

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