Prison for men who assaulted their partners

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PICTOU – Sentencing involving two separate cases and two different victims ended with similar results Wednesday in Pictou Provincial Court.

Two Pictou County men received federal prison time for abusing their loved ones.

Joseph Allen Goodall, 27, of New Glasgow was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to numerous breach of probation charges, an assault charge and a more serious charge of assault causing bodily harm.

Judge Del Atwood accepted a joint recommendation by the Crown and defence for the three year sentence.

Crown attorney Jody McNeill told the court that Goodall’s breaches of probation in August, September and October 2013 involved him being in a place where alcohol was sold.

Goodall was on a court order to stay away from bars, nightclubs or liquor stores from a previous conviction, but police arrested him twice outside two New Glasgow bars and once at a New Glasgow liquor store.

Two other breach of probation charges were laid after police investigated the assault charges and it was determined that he failed to keep the peace and be of good behaviour while on probation.

The first assault occurred on Sept. 23, 2013, when an ex-girlfriend of Goodall’s called 911 to report that she had just been assaulted in her Trenton home.

McNeill said Goodall barged into the home despite the victim’s repeated attempts to keep him out.

“He went through the house running, yelling and looking for a male companion she had on the premises,

McNeill said, adding that the victim was pushed by Goodall as he attempted to locate her guest.

When the victim’s uncle arrived to remove Goodall from the house, he attempted to grab her again and he spit in her face.

On Oct. 29, 2013, Goodall was charged with assaulting another woman while they were in bed together in her home. She told police that they had been arguing in bed and she rolled over on her side because she didn’t want to speak to him. 

It was then that Goodall started to hit and beat her on her body and trying to hit her face. She said he got “one good shot in the face” which cause her bruising and swelling.

He dragged her out of the bed and held her down on the floor near a cast iron register saying he would kill her and he started to choke her. He removed his hands after she pretended she passed out and went to look for a bullet that she said he put in the toaster to blow them up.

She fled the apartment in her bare feet to a friend’s house and returned a while later and woke him up.

“He told her he didn’t do anything and he explained to her if he was going to get blamed he might as well hit her some more,” said McNeill.

The assault caused the victim to have bruising on her face, forehead, arms and legs and her right eye was swollen shut.  She actually didn’t speak to police about the incident until November after chatting online with Goodall’s other victim about her assault. She sent pictures of her injuries to the other victim who suggested she speak to the police.

“The victim said she didn’t want to report it because she didn’t want to hurt Goodall so she wasn’t sure how she wanted to proceed,” McNeill said.

McNeil said it’s evident Goodall has some anger management and addiction issues and unresolved issues regarding growing up in a home with domestic violence.

Defence lawyer Stephen Robertson said his client knows he becomes a totally different person when he drinks and that he must get this under control.

“I know I can’t drink ever because it changes me 100 per cent,” Goodall told Atwood. “I have positive goals and I can’t do that with this kind of life.”

Later in the morning, the court turned its attention to 52-year-old Derek Jardine who was charged with assault causing boldly harm and breach of probation.

Crown attorney Patrick Young took charge of this case by telling the court that Jardine was arrested on June 8 in Westville after the victim called 911 to say she was assaulted.

When officers arrived, Jardine’s common-law partner told the court the couple had been drinking alcohol and arguing when he became violent.

She told police he took her cellphone away and abused her over the course of two hours which included hitting her and threatening to slit her throat with a butcher knife.

She had bruising on her face and her left eyelid was swollen shut. She also had injuries to her right elbow and both knees. She told officers he also bit her foot and face, ripped off her clothing and slammed her head against the bathtub and floor.

The victim said when she tried to call 911, he ripped the phone cord out of the wall.

Police seized the butcher knife from where Jardine had jabbed it into the kitchen table and retrieved clumps of the victim’s hair from the bathroom and garbage can.

Young said Jardine’s criminal record shows this isn’t the first time he has assaulted this victim. He suggested a sentence of 2 1/2 years with a condition that Jardine have no contact with the victim despite her pleas that the court be lenient on him.

“She says part of this is her fault and she provoked him and loves him and they can continue their love when this is all over,” said Young. “Despite (the victim’s) wishes, we need to make sure he doesn’t take advantage of the love she has for him.”

Atwood called the assault on the high end of severe and said it was obvious the violence was escalating since his last conviction.

“He has little insight on his alcohol dependency and he is not well motivated for treatment. He also places blame on the victim,” the judge said, adding that Jardine poses a significant risk to the public.

Atwood sentenced Jardine to two years in federal prison for the assault charge and an additional three months consecutive for the breach of probation charge.

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Pictou County, Trenton Westville

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