Viciously beat common-law wife for three hours in bathroom
By Andrew Seymour, Ottawa Citizen September 11, 2012 6:25 AM
A man who tried to kill his common-law wife in what a judge described as a "coldblooded, brutal attack" that involved him bashing the woman's face into a tub faucet and trying to smother her with a comforter and pillow was sentenced to a decade behind bars Monday.
Robert James Johnston spent three hours beating the woman, a vicious attack he launched after the woman told him she no longer wanted to be with him. The couple's 19-month-old daughter sat in another room at the time.
Johnston launched the attack just before 6: 30 a.m. on March 9, 2011.
By the time it was over, the critically injured woman had nearly every bone in her face broken, suffered a gash to her forehead so severe bone was visible, and needed five litres of blood and an emergency trauma team to keep her alive.
Read more: Ottawa man gets 10 years for 'brutal attack'
There is losing your temper, and then there is brutality. And then there is this attack. As she laying bleeding on the bathroom floor she made a desperate attempt to defend herself by grabbing at his genitals, a move he decided was worthy of raping her. And he did all of this while their own child was in the next room.
A three hour horrific beating and a degrading rape perpetrated in a pool of the victims own blood. He gets ten years. And with time already served he gets to walk out a free man in eight years and four months. That is absolutely beyond criminal! How in the hell does ten years possibly equate as a justifiable consequence for the actions he perpetrated? This individual has proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he can be more than dangerous, so why should he ever be trusted again? Is ten years even enough time to begin to earn that trust back?
We always hear about government getting 'tough on crime' or how they are building new prisons (I'm not neither condoning or opposing any of that). Why don't we, as a nation, spend some time talking about the safety of society or the consequences being sufficient reparations for the criminal acts?
It infuriates me that a man can do this to his partner, a parent can do this to his child's mother, a judge can call what the this man did "the ultimate degradation" and yet his victims, and society, will only be protected from him for less than 10 years. It's not right, it's not fair.