Woman feared she would die when strangled by her partner



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A woman feared death when she was strangled by her partner this spring.

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Ryan Pears, 46, pleaded guilty to having a prohibited weapon and assaulting and suffocating the woman before Ontario Court Judge John Condon on Tuesday. The hearing took place online.

Sault Ste. The Marie Police Department was called in for a disruption at 29 Pentagon Blvd. on May 25. Several hours later, the victim told police Pears “beat her” when police attended the P-Patch address, Deputy Crown Attorney Blair Hagan told court. The woman asked her grandparents to take her to the Sault area hospital. The victim believed Pears “was going to kill her” during the assault. A friend of the woman intervened. Pears was arrested on warrant three days later.

A joint submission by Hagan and defense attorney Ken Walker requested nine months house arrest for Pears. He can only leave the Kohler Street residence he shares with his mother for daily visits to a methadone clinic on Queen Street East.

His conduct certainly deserves a prison sentence, ”Hagan said.

Pears can go out for the necessities of life on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Two years of probation ensued. Pears may not have any contact with the victim for the next three years.

Even if she says she wants to talk to you, you can’t, ”Condon said. “Do you understand that, sir?” ”

Yes sir, said Pears.

He must donate a DNA sample and cannot own a weapon for 10 years. Pears must attend counseling sessions as directed and cannot consume alcohol or other intoxicants. At the end of his house arrest, Pears must adhere to a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew for three months.

Pears, the father of an adult child, has had a drug problem for 30 years, Walker said. The pears have been clean for three months. He takes care of his mother who has health problems.

I have no idea what would have taken you to do that, ”Condon said of the assault. “Someone half your age would have understood better. Someone your age certainly should have known better than to behave this way.

Condon warned Pears that he would serve his sentence in jail if he breached his terms.

btkelly@postmedia.com

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