“Basically, he stabs a stranger for reasons known only to him. Significant jail time is needed,’ says Crown
A Wasaga Beach man told a sentencing hearing that he ‘was in a very bad place’ and was drunk when he kicked down a neighbor’s door and stabbed the man — unprovoked — in his arm, chest and hip before fleeing to Saskatchewan.
Brayden Bullock, 21, who was arrested in Saskatoon eight days after the Wasaga Beach stabbing a year ago, had previously pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. He was originally charged with attempted murder.
At the time, emergency services responded to a residence on Avenue de l’Académie and found a 33-year-old man who had been stabbed. He was taken to hospital where he received stitches, the court heard on Tuesday.
The Ontario Provincial Police used a helicopter and a tracking dog but were unable to locate Bullock, Crown Attorney Lynn Shirreffs said during her sentencing hearing. A warrant for his arrest was then issued and the police warned that he was armed and dangerous.
Handcuffed and standing in the dock, with family members next to him in the public gallery, Bullock read a letter he had written for the court.
“I will do everything in my power…to never do anything like this again,” said Bullock, who described an unsupported childhood during which he suffered verbal, emotional and physical abuse and was initiated early on drugs and alcohol, which landed him in rehab. at 17 years old.
He said he hadn’t taken drugs since, but had started drinking more.
Sherriffs said Bullock had amassed a significant record in a short time, including violence, and was on probation during the Wasaga attack, having been released 21 days earlier.
She asked that he be sentenced to five years in prison, minus the time served.
“Basically, he stabs a stranger for reasons known only to him,” she said. “A significant prison sentence is necessary.”
Defense attorney Jason Rabinovitch asked for a sentence of two or two and a half years.
Rabinovitch said Bullock grew up in a household “as unenvious as one could imagine”.
“He didn’t have anyone to really steer him in the right direction,” Rabinovitch told the court. “(He is) a good person with a good heart who has just been crushed by life.”
Bullock said he wanted to be an active and active member of society and wanted to finish high school.
“I want to change my life and be a positive influence,” he told the court.
Bullock is expected to be sentenced on May 10.