A Kelowna judge decided to reduce the amount of jail time a young man will serve after his stabbing victim suggested his attacker needed help, not jail.
Jarrett Christopher Jakins, 20, pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of assault causing bodily harm back in October on what was to be the first day of his aggravated assault trial in relation to a 2008 stabbing of a Kelowna man. He was sentenced Monday.
On Dec. 5, 2008, people at a McCulloch Road home spotted someone rifling through a vehicle and Bruce Campbell went outside to check.
Campbell saw a pair of young men and went to confront them when one began wielding a golf club and another started stabbing Campbell in the back and chest before Campbell was able to bring him to the ground.
In all, Campbell suffered seven stab wounds.
“This is a pretty serious crime,” said Judge Robin Smith. “You take a knife and stab someone seven times. This isn’t the theft of a candy bar at a local grocery store.”
Crown counsel asked that Jakins go to jail for four months, while defence asked for a conditional sentence, meaning he could serve his time in the community provided he abided by a number of conditions.
The victim, meanwhile, wasn’t “pounding the table for a jail disposition” and instead said Jakins needed help, said Smith.
While Smith said Jakins was not a good candidate for a conditional sentence, he said he worried about people as young as Jakins serving time in provincial jail.
Contrary to popular belief that jail is like a golf club, Smith said, jail is “terrible.”
“You do have to be watching over your shoulder at all times.”
In the end, he sentenced Jakins to 90 days in jail, less than what the Crown was seeking.
“I’m going to take one month off of that (the suggested four month sentence), because of him (the victim),” said Smith.
Upon application of the defence lawyer, Smith agreed that Jakins could serve his sentence intermittently, saying he wanted to keep Jakins away from Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre if he could.
An intermittent sentence means Jakins will spend weekends at the local RCMP holding cells.
He’ll also be on probation for a year. Conditions include taking counselling and assessments, participating in restorative justice or writing an apology to his victim, and not possessing or consuming alcohol or non prescription drugs.
He’s also not to have any weapons and must abide by an 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew unless he has written permission to be outside of his home after curfew.
The judge also ordered a 10 year firearms prohibition.
Jakins was also sentenced Monday for a breach of curfew charge. He was handed one day in jail and given credit for 18 days already served.