Drug addiction led to hammer attack in Sudbury


Accused admits guilt and receives nine-month sentence

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A Sudbury man who used a hammer to attack a man during a drug deal gone wrong nearly a year ago has been sentenced to nine months in jail.

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Myles Guitard’s assault on May 8, 2021 left the victim seriously injured, a Sudbury judge ruled Thursday.

Guitard, 28, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm and breach of probation on March 16.

“Quite frankly, I think we can all agree that if you don’t deal with this, there’s a good chance you’ll be another addiction statistic and die prematurely,” the court judge said. Ontario Robert Villeneuve, via the Zoom link, to Guitard who was present in court. “You’re going to have to work on this for the rest of your life.”

In accepting the joint proposal from the Crown and defense attorney Denis Michel, Judge Villeneuve acknowledged that had the matter gone to trial, the case would have been difficult for the prosecution.

“The consequences could have been worse than they were,” he said. “It had to do with a drug deal… We all know that offenses like this, where there is an assault on victims who suffer from the same addiction as the accused, are often difficult to prove…

(But) the sentence should reflect the seriousness of the offence, the principles of denunciation and deterrence, liability, and the facts and events here given your current record. The joint bid is reasonable, but could have been higher under the circumstances. »

Since Guitard had been in custody for 133 days, he was given a 200-day pre-trial credit. This leaves him 70 days to serve.

The probation order includes conditions that he stay away from the victim of the hammer attack and undergo appropriate treatment, particularly for substance abuse and anger management.

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Villeneuve also imposed a DNA order and a 10-year weapons ban.

Judge Villeneuve denied Guitard’s request to be released before the 70 days he must serve so he can enter a drug treatment program, which he said has beds available shortly.

Guitard also said he had never been to a drug treatment program.

“I probably lost about half my life,” Guitard told Villeneuve in a rambling speech that lasted about 10 minutes. “I struggle with opiate addiction. I struggle to go through withdrawal. Getting into treatment is difficult because of waiting lists.

Although he pleaded guilty on March 16, Guitard’s sentencing was postponed until Thursday. Michel reiterated on Thursday that Guitard said he did not use a hammer, but a piece of furniture during the attack.

The court heard that Guitard had a “rather lengthy” criminal record.

In his sentencing brief, Michel noted that Guitard had a “horrible” upbringing, was a father of two, lost several family members to addiction and caught COVID-19 twice while in custody. , one of the cases being very serious.

The attorney added that while in custody, Guitard completed many programs, including My Relapse Prevention Action Plan and the Stay Sober program, as well as the Understanding Anger manual.

Assistant Crown Attorney John Recoskie said Guitard’s pleas saved a lot of time in court by avoiding a trial. He said the addiction was behind the hammer attack.

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“It goes both ways,” he said. “People are acting in ways they normally wouldn’t… There have been significant injuries caused here. The result could have been worse, but it was not.

Recoskie said he was optimistic that Guitard would begin to work through his addiction issues.

“Addiction is a lifelong struggle,” he said. “We hope he can benefit from the programs he has been through and on his way to probation hopefully put that behind him and be a better parent to his children.”

Following Thursday’s sentencing, the Crown dropped the other charges Guitard was facing, as well as charges against co-defendant Kayla Dutfield, his wife.

On March 23, Dutfield, 29, received a 35-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking. The charge was one of many brought after a vehicle stop in the city in early May 2021 that revealed digital scales, medicine packaging materials and a plastic jar containing 15 grams of fentanyl from a market value estimated at $5,000.

Dutfield was driving while Guitard was a passenger. She has a previous record that included prison sentences.


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