Man sentenced to 8 years for slashing ex-wife repeatedly with boxcutter
Times Colonist - December 10, 2021
A Comox man who broke into his ex-partner’s home, threatened to kill her and brutally slashed her with a boxcutter has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
In August, following a six-day trial, Clinton George Armstrong was acquitted of attempting to murder his former spouse, Taura Leith, on Feb. 10, 2020. He was, however, convicted of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, uttering threats, break-and-enter, mischief and failing to comply with court-ordered conditions.
Saunders sentenced Armstrong to eight years for the break-and-enter and the “wanton destruction” of Leith’s home and property, and seven years for the aggravated assault against Leith. The sentences are to be served concurrently. With credit for time served, Armstrong has to serve another five years and 128 days in prison.
Court heard that Armstrong and Leith were living in her home in Comox. They agreed to separate and decided Armstrong would move out on Jan. 1, 2020. On the evening of Dec. 28, Armstrong had been drinking. They argued. Leith said she would go and stay with her father but Armstrong threatened to trash her home if she left. When Leith called police, Armstrong slapped her across the face. He was arrested and released on conditions to have no contact with Leith and to stay away from her home.
Armstrong was homeless for several weeks. He was assaulted and ended up in intensive care. An addiction medicine specialist diagnosed him with severe opiate use disorder and possible alcohol use disorder.
Leith remained shaken by the assault. On Feb. 6, she gave the Crown a victim impact statement, describing how she was unable to sleep and worried about Armstrong showing up at her home.
Her fears were justified.