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On Dec. 20, Mitchell James Crombez pled guilty to assault with a weapon in Taber provincial court. Crombez was sentenced to a $500 fine and one year of probation by Judge G.R. DeBow. A further two counts of assault were withdrawn by the Crown.
Crown prosecutor June Ling read the facts of the case into the record. On July 9, officers of the Taber/Vauxhall RCMP detachment responded to a complaint of a domestic disturbance at a rural address near Raymond that had occurred earlier in the day.
Investigation revealed the accused and the female victim had been consuming alcohol at a ranch in the area when they become engaged in a verbal altercation that deteriorated into a physical assault perpetrated by the accused.
According to Ling, the accused had initially pushed the victim before at one point during the incident brandishing a crescent wrench with which he made a “threatening motion”, and was then later witnessed to kick the victim before the pair were separated by bystanders and the accused was asked to leave the vicinity by the property owner.
Following investigation, the accused was located and charged with various offences.
As a condition of his probation, the accused was ordered to attend for assessment, treatment and counselling for anger management and control and domestic violence, and was ordered to surrender a sample of his DNA for the National DNA Data Bank.
Judge DeBow also issued a $150 victim fine surcharge.