Tatum, Ward, Fitzpatrick all adjourned
Timothy Lockard will spend the next 30 days in jail.
Moose Jaw Provincial Court
The 43-year-old pleaded guilty to three charges – assault, breach of recognizance and breach of undertaking – in Moose Jaw Provincial Court Wednesday.
Guilty pleas to the aforementioned charges were presented to Judge Margaret Gordon via joint submission from defence and Crown attorneys.
Lockard faced five other charges related to court order breaches but the Crown withdrew those charges.
The three charges Lockard will be serving jail time for stem from incidents that occured April 14 and 15.
After being turned down in an attempt to cuddle with his girlfriend on April 14, Lockard claimed that's when they got into an argument that resulted in the assault.
He acknowledged to the court that he grabbed her by the arms and threw her off the bed, but did not acknowledge he choked her with both his hands, as was reported by the victim.
“It started over a medication disagreement,” Lockard told the court. “That was the reason I grabbed her and threw her.
“I didn’t say anything to police about myself, but she bit my arm and bit my leg.”
After spending the night behind bars, Lockard was released the next day and told not to go within 50 metres of his girlfriend’s residence or within five metres of her person.
He breached both of those court orders and was arrested about an hour after his release.
“We consider domestic assaults very seriously,” Gordon told Lockard. “All charges you entered a guilty plea to … are very serious.”
The judge did, however, state she would take Lockard’s early guilty plea into consideration when sentencing him.
Lockard vowed before the courtroom that he would not continue to pursue a relationship with his girlfriend after he is released from prison, and that he intends to find work and take up residence in Moose Jaw thereafter.
He was also slapped with a six-month probation period in which he is to appear before the court when required, notify his probation officer when necessary of any changes to employment or residence, refrain from being within 50 metres of his girlfriend’s residence and refrain from being within five metres of her person.
Lockard also faces an outstanding charge of assault causing bodily harm from an incident that occurred in British Columbia in February.
Amber Ward, 18, and Ryan Tatum, 29, who were involved in a home invasion on March 19 appeared in Moose Jaw Provincial Court Wednesday. Tatum’s case was adjourned until April 30 and Ward’s case was adjourned until May 5 – both at 9:30 a.m.
Todd Michael Fitzpatrick, 41, did not appear in court Wednesday, but his case, in which he faces charges of selling, possession and making child pornography from a Feb. 27 incident, was adjourned until May 21.
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