Domestic Assault

Client Charged with Assault

Client was charged with assault. The matter proceeded to trial and the client testified. At trial Cathryn was successful in arguing the defence of self-defence. Cathryn persuaded the Judge that her client was justified in pre-emptively punching the person in order to protect themselves, because the client believed that the threat of harm was imminent from the complainant.

Sexual Assault, Uttering Threats and Assault of a Domestic Partner.

Client was charged with sexual assault, uttering threats and assault of a domestic partner. The matter proceeded to trial. There was significant delay in the matter that was attributed by the Crown Counsel failing to provide disclosure material to counsel in a timely matter; additionally, there was a lack of court time and the trial did not complete during the time scheduled. Cathryn prepared an Application to seek to have all charges judicially stayed against client because the client’s right to be tried in a reasonable time was violated.

Client charged with kidnapping for ransom and Unlawful Confinement

The accused and four others charged with kidnapping a stranger for ransom. The accused was arrested in the basement suite where the victim was rescued from. There were various items of forensic evidence implicating the accused, including fingerprints on a pair of handcuffs.

Client charged with threatening his wife

The accused was arrested following a complaint, by his wife, to police that he had threatened to kill her. The threat was witnessed by the wife’s son. Both the son and the wife testified for the Crown.

Uttering Threats to the Mother of His Children

Client was going through a difficult separation and his ex-wife was using criminal litigation to try and prevent him from gaining access to his child. The complainant accused the client of uttering death threats. Client charged with uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. Client maintained his innocence and went to trial.

Domestic Assault of Ex Wife

Client’s ex-wife accused him of throwing her to the ground and threatening to stab her with a knife during an argument. Complainant had locked herself in the bedroom with their infant child and called 911 to report the alleged offence. Client maintained his innocence and believed the complainant was using the criminal charge to prevent the client from seeing his child. Ms. Forhan was able to obtain proof of payments, emails and other letters and reports separate and apart from the Crown disclosure to show the complainant had lied in her police statement.

Domestic Assault & Uttering Threats

Accused client arrested for assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon after allegedly assaulting his wife. The complainant was located with injuries hiding outside of the accused’s home. The Complainant gave statement to police but was intoxicated when she did so. Accused was arrested at his home, brought into custody and released on bail.

Domestic Assault & Mischief

Accused client arrested after breaking the door to girlfriend’s home, entering the residence, and allegedly assaulting her. Our client maintained his innocence and denied the assault. At trial, the accused client testified to his innocence. The complainant was cross examined extensively on the stand. After cross examination, the trial judge found the complainant to be untruthful. The judge made a finding the complainant’s testimony was fraught with inconsistencies and appeared to be untruthful. Our client was found to be an honest and credible witness. Accused client was found not guilty of assault and plead guilty to the mischief charge for which he received an absolute discharge for breaking the apartment door.