Jail time ordered for assault

Additional time has been tacked onto the sentence now being served by a Red Deer woman who pleaded guilty in May to drug trafficking and related offences.

Additional time has been tacked onto the sentence now being served by a Red Deer woman who pleaded guilty in May to drug trafficking and related offences.

Alexa Czerniak, 27, pleaded guilty in Red Deer provincial court on Monday to a charge of assault, laid on Jan. 9 by Red Deer City RCMP investigating reports of a kidnapping.

Czerniak admitted to police that she had pushed a drug client onto a bed and then punched him.

The kidnapping turned out to be hoax, called in by a jealous girlfriend, said defence counsel Luke Kurata.

He expanded on details provided by Crown prosecutor Robin Joudrey, stating that Czerniak had been staying in a separate room at the same Red Deer motel as her victim and his girlfriend.

Czerniak was selling drugs to support her own addiction and had an ongoing arrangement with the couple to help each other out, including buying drugs on credit and lending money, said Kurata.

The assault was the result of an unwelcome advance by the boyfriend, who had gone with Czerniak to buy drugs while his girlfriend stayed in their room and then continued to hang around with her, he said.

Police began watching Czerniak as a result of the incident and arrested her on Feb. 7 on drug charges.

Czerniak was sentenced on May 28 to 44 months for trafficking as well as dangerous driving relating to a police pursuit.

In court on Monday, she was fined $500 for the assault with charges of kidnapping and forcible confinement withdrawn.

Judge Darrell Riemer, when advised that Czerniak cannot pay the fine, ordered that she serve 30 days in jail instead, to be added to the sentence she is now serving.