Wednesday, July 11, 2007

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Crushed boyfriend's legs, woman gets curfew
Jul 11, 2007 12:58 PM

Courts Bureau

A woman who backed her van into her violent boyfriend before driving away, crushing him against a wall, has been sentenced to a six-month curfew and ordered to take alcohol treatment.

Stephanie Toney, 33, was afraid for her safety and that of her 18-month-old boy as her drunken boyfriend tried to climb into the back of her Chevrolet Lumina van on Jan. 14, 2006, court heard this morning.

She reversed, pinning Quinto Elliott, her boyfriend of two months, between the bumper and a building on Pell St., near Kingston Rd. and Midland Ave.

After she drove away, leaving him lying on the ground, it was an hour before he managed to crawl into the apartment building to seek help.

"The injuries were horrendous," Superior Court Justice John McMahon said.

He had numerous fractures and cuts to his left leg, and injuries to his right leg that required its amputation above the knee.

Toney pleaded guilty today to failing to stop at an accident causing bodily harm.

Normally such a crime warrants a jail sentence, McMahon said.

But the "exceptional circumstances of this case" — including the fact that she is a young single mother who has already served two weeks in pre-trial custody, and the difficulties of the Crown proving its case following the death of the victim due to unrelated causes — argued for a lesser sentence, McMahon said.

Elliott, who had a lengthy violent criminal record, never gave a taped statement to police.

McMahon sentenced the Nova Scotia woman to a six-month conditional sentence and a year's probation, as jointly recommended by Crown prosecutor Paul Amenta and defence lawyer Rebecca Rutherford.

During the six-month sentence, Toney is subject to a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. The judge also ordered her to take alcohol treatment, which court heard was at the root of the incident.

The prosecutor then dropped other related charges against her: aggravated assault; assault with a weapon, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm.

The couple had been seeing each other about two months and on Jan. 13, 2006, began a heavy overnight drinking binge, according to an agreed statement of facts.

At 6 a.m., Toney tried to wake Elliott, which upset him, Amenta told the judge. He then forced Toney onto a couch, injuring her back. However the dispute was resolved and they drank some more.

At 7 a.m., Toney left the apartment and headed to her van with her boy. Elliott followed, demanding to know where she was going. A physical altercation followed, during which Elliott tore offthe woman's necklace.

Toney got into her van with her son, placing the boy in his car seat.

Elliott tried, against her wishes,to get into the back.

Fearing for her safety and that of the child, she reversed six metres, pinning Elliott against the wall. She then drove away, court heard. She returned to the scene three hours later and was arrested.

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