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Witnesses thought P.E.I. man was choking woman; he has different story

FILE PHOTO: Chief Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr
FILE PHOTO: Chief Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr

A Charlottetown man who witnesses said they saw choking his girlfriend in an apartment building staircase was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail.

Murray James Todd appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown for sentencing after she found him guilty last month of assault.

Before delivering a sentence, Orr said she had a letter from probation services saying a pre-sentence report wasn’t completed because Todd missed multiple appointments.

During his Wednesday appearance, Todd asked to still have a pre-sentence report, but Orr denied the request.

During the trial, Todd testified the victim was out of control, he tried to cover her mouth to keep her quiet and he never had his hands around her throat.

In finding him guilty, Orr said even if the victim was being obnoxious and loud the force Todd used was excessive.

Todd will serve the sentence on weekends and will be on probation for 18 months.

He must also pay a $100 victim surcharge.

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