Woman given jail time after Dollarama dispute turns violent
November 14, 2012
A woman has been given jail time and a probation sentence after attacking another woman over an ex-boyfriend in October.
Lana L. MacDonald, 44, pleaded guilty to an assault charge at the Bracebridge courthouse on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The court heard that on Oct. 2, MacDonald became enraged when she saw her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend at the Bracebridge Dollarama.
Crown attorney Margaret Janzen said MacDonald then got into a dispute with the woman, calling her a “slut” and saying she would kill her. Though the woman tried to walk away from the confrontation by entering the store, MacDonald struck her in the face.
The store manager then called police, reporting that two women were fighting.
“She identified the accused as having attacked (the victim),” said Janzen.
When police arrived, store staff were treating the victim for a facial injury, and officers found MacDonald at a medical clinic next door a short time later.
“She apparently said to police ‘It’s me you’re looking for,’” said Janzen.
MacDonald’s attorney, Robin Bellows, said her client was widowed before dating her ex-boyfriend, and that she has taken methadone treatment for a prior drug problem. Bellows said that since the incident, her client has enrolled in an anger management course at the Elizabeth Fry Society.
The court also heard of MacDonald’s prior criminal record, which includes previous convictions for theft, mischief and assault.
“I didn’t think I’d be here in front of you again,” MacDonald told Judge JD Evans prior to sentencing. “I apologize for that.”
In the end, MacDonald was given a 15-day jail sentence, along with an 18-month probation order. She has been ordered to take counselling and has been barred from owning any weapons. She is also banned from further contact with the victim she assaulted.
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