Free after 'barbaric' attack

A Kelowna man who pleaded guilty to three separate assaults, one of which included a machete, was sentenced to time served on Monday.

The judge called the incidents “barbaric” and described them as “vicious attacks” in court on Monday.

Derrick Antoine, 30, has been in custody since Aug. 16 after stabbing his ex-girlfriend in the back at an apartment on Franklyn Road in the early morning.

Upon further investigation, police determined that Antoine was also suspected of being involved in a gruesome machete attack in Rutland's Ben Lee Park eight days prior to the stabbing.

Matt LeBlanc, 22, was kicked, punched and slashed with a machete from under his left eye, across his face, to his earlobe by two men after midnight on Aug. 8. LeBlanc received 30 stitches from the incident.

The second attacker was never located.

When arrested, Antoine provided a fake name saying he was “Brayden Cook” and maintained a false identity until being brought back to the detachment. He was shown a picture of himself and still denied it was him and had to be identified through fingerprints.

Antoine was told not to contact his ex-girlfriend or possess any weapons after an incident in which he whipped his then common-law partner in the face with a telephone cord in June 28, 2016.

Antoine pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm for the machete attack and assault, obstructing a police officer and breach of bail for the Aug. 16 stabbing.

The judge agreed to a joint submission of 10 months.

He has served 217 days in custody and will not serve any additional time and will be on probation for two years. He has no criminal history.

The judge said his “tough love” childhood came into consideration in the decision. He's from Splatsin First Nation, the southernmost tribe of the Shuswap Nation.

“That First Nations' background means that he is not held to the same level of accountability. He is not expected that he has the same tool kit to deal with complex circumstances...,” said the judge.

He can now only visit Kelowna to pick up his daughter from her grandparents and return her back home while on probation.

Antoine sat in court in a red long sleeve sweater and said, “I want to apologize to the victims and the victims' families, my family and the community for my actions.”

He said while in custody he involved himself in as many programs as he could to better himself.

“I want to get back into society and get life back together for me and my daughter,” he said.

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