A Red Deer man has been acquitted of attempted murder in connection with an incident involving his girlfriend last year.
Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench David Labrenz acquitted Steven Matthew Hewitt of the charge following a two-day trial that finished on Wednesday.
When the trial began, Hewitt pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to comply with court-ordered conditions by contacting his girlfriend Zara Morrison and coming within 100 metres of her home.
Labrenz sentenced Hewitt to 90 days in prison, satisfied by time already served in custody.
Hewitt was also facing a mischief and uttering death threats charges but was not convicted.
Morrison testified on Tuesday that Hewitt beat her and hung her up by a dog leash on May 17, 2020 in a Red Deer home they rented.
Hewitt’s defence lawyer Krysia Przepiorka questioned Morrison’s version of events, noting inconsistencies in her testimony with previous statements and testimony at a preliminary hearing. Morrison also admitted to previously falsely claiming that Hewitt had damaged household furnishings when the damage was actually caused by her.