Sex assault on wife

A 39-year-old Red Deer man was sentenced to a federal jail term on Friday after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting his wife.

A 39-year-old Red Deer man was sentenced to a federal jail term on Friday after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting his wife.

The man, who can’t be named because of a court-imposed ban prohibiting his wife’s name from being published, was jailed for three years. Provincial court Judge John Holmes heard the man was drunk and demanded sex on Jan. 20.

When the woman refused because of his drunken state, he overpowered her with a bear hug and dragged her to their bedroom where he tore off her pants.

After forced sex, the woman said she had to clean up as the accused went outside for a smoke. She grabbed some clothes, left the residence and phoned police.

Crown prosecutor Jason Snider called the crime a “major sexual assault” and asked for a four-year sentence.

Snider said the man had a previous four-year sentence in 2002 for another sexual assault, which wasn’t domestic in nature.

Defence lawyer Kevin Schollie said the victim hoped her husband would receive lengthy probation and a jail term of less than two years.

The man’s name was placed on a cross-Canada sex offender registry for 20 years.

Holmes gave the man three months credit for time served, leaving the accused with a sentence of two years and nine months to serve.

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