Rocky man pleads guilty to stabbing

A Rocky Mountain House man pleaded guilty in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday to aggravated assault after stabbing of 51-year-old woman at a Terrace Park residence.

A Rocky Mountain House man pleaded guilty in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday to aggravated assault after stabbing of 51-year-old woman at a Terrace Park residence.

Charges against Cory Gerald Nicholson, 35, of attempted murder, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and possession of stolen property will be withdrawn at sentencing on Feb. 22.

Crown prosecutor Robin Joudrey told court that Red Deer City RCMP were called to the residence on Oct. 15, 2010, at about 1:20 p.m. by a woman who barricaded herself in a bathroom to protect herself from a man she said was trying to kill her.

When police arrived, they found Nicholson lying on the floor convulsing and the woman was in a bathroom covered with blood. She had two stab wounds to her lower back and facial lacerations. She was rushed to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

Nicholson told the police he was on a drug binge and the victim tried to rip him off. He said he also tried to kill himself.

According to the agreed statement of facts read out in court, the victim met Nicholson at the Buffalo housing project in downtown Red Deer. They purchased morphine and went to a motel. Crack cocaine was also purchased.

The victim took Nicholson to her daughter’s Terrace Park residence, where he punched her in the face, kicked her, slammed her head into a wall and stabbed her.

A pre-sentence report was ordered for the sentencing.

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