Man behind machete attack back behind bars

Brief stint at freedom ended quickly

The man behind a high profile machete attack is back behind bars after a brush with freedom.

Derrick Antoine, 30, was charged this week with two counts of breaching probation after allegedly making contact with the victim of one of the crimes he committed and for simply entering Kelowna.

The conditions were imposed in March.

For charges relating to a series of increasingly violent outbursts in 2016, Antoine was sentenced to 10 months in prison, which he’d served after the courts credited with time-and-a-half for 217 days spent in custody.

The judge presiding over the case said also imposed a ban on entering Kelowna unless it was to pick up or drop off his child for visitation elsewhere. In some circumstances a supervised visit within city boundaries may be accepted.

The 10-month sentence was “on the edge of what’s acceptable to the court,” said Judge Mayland McKimm at the time, noting he would have preferred a sentence of 12 to 18 months given the severity of the attacks levied by Antoine.

Tilting the scales toward acceptability, explained McKimm, was the Crown and defence finding a sentence that reflects a “meaningful application of the Gladue principle.”

Antoine remains in custody and is expected to plead guilty to the breach of probation charges on May 30.