Court briefs – March 25

A man was sentenced to a year in jail after beating a woman, sending her to hospital with 63 contusions.

Man gets year in jail for beating woman

A man was sentenced to a year in jail after beating a woman, sending her to hospital with 63 contusions.

Carlyle Emmerson Soosay, 28, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm and uttering threats in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday.

On Nov. 25, 2009, Red Deer RCMP were called to a residence after the woman and her baby fled to a neighbour.

Crown prosecutor Robin Fiander said the woman had a split lip and “her entire face was swollen.”

Fiander said Soosay hit her repeatedly in the face and told the victim that if he couldn’t have her, he was going to make her so ugly that no one else would want her.

The Crown and defence lawyer Ken Sockett recommended a one-year jail sentence in their joint submission to Judge Ken Rostad.

Fiander said it was difficult to get the victim to co-operate in the prosecution.

Soosay’s criminal record included assaults against the same victim.

Soosay originally pleaded not guilty and elected a Queen’s Bench trial. On Wednesday, he re-elected provincial court judge and changed his pleas.

Soosay has been in custody since the attack.

He was given two months credit for every month of pretrial custody so he has four months left to serve on his sentence.


Morley woman faces variety of charges

A 23-year-old Morley woman will go to trial in connection to a Feb. 10 stabbing in Red Deer.

Vanna Twoyoungmen is charged with assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, obstructing a policeman and two counts of failing to comply with previous court orders.

She was arrested following reports of a fight between two people in an apartment on 48th Street downtown.

A 32-year-old Red Deer man was stabbed a number of times and was taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre for treatment.

Morley is a First Nations community west of Cochrane.


Central Albertans charged with robbing store, cabbie

Two Rocky Mountain House area residents have been charged in connection with three recent robberies in that community.

Cpl. John Harrison of Rocky RCMP said two people were charged on Tuesday with robberies of a taxi driver and Rolf’s Groceries in Rocky on Saturday. The third robbery occurred on Monday at a Sunchild First Nations Reserve store.

Harrison said Saturday at about 3 a.m., a taxi driver, who was near Rolf’s Groceries at 5337 59th St., was robbed by a male who fled with cash and the victim’s wallet. Police said the culprit fled with about $200. He’s alleged to have brandished a knife at the taxi driver.

Shortly after 5 p.m. that day, a male robbed Rolf’s Groceries in the company of two girls, possibly in their teens. The suspect was wearing a mask and fled with about $250.

In the Sunchild Store robbery about 6 p.m. on Monday, a “masked man burst into the store and demanded cash,” Harrison said.

When the suspect was recognized by the clerk, he fled the store and jumped into a vehicle. Nothing was taken, police said.

Two people were arrested about two hours later.

Darryl Robin Boysis-Crookedlegs, 22, faces three robbery charges, being disguised with intent to commit a robbery, possession of stolen property and breach of probation.

Kelly Jane Gopher, 23, is charged with a single robbery count.

Boysis-Crookedlegs was remanded in custody while Gopher was released.

Both appear in Rocky provincial court on March 31.