Alleged rapist stabbed

A man who stabbed an alleged rapist multiple times in downtown Kelowna was sentenced to time served Tuesday.

Ken Butler was arrested in downtown Kelowna in the early hours of Dec. 5, 2016, shortly after police responded to a report of a man suffering from stab wounds at the Chevron on the corner of Harvey Avenue and Pandosy Street.

A 45-year-old man was taken to hospital with five stab wounds to his abdomen and two to his arm. He remained in hospital for four days.

Butler and the stabbing victim were both staying at West Kelowna's Emmanuel Church's homeless shelter at the time, and the two had gotten in an altercation earlier that evening at the Shell station on Main Street.

The 45-year-old man, who was with a 22-year-old woman at the time, pulled a knife on Butler in the gas station, before Butler was able to disarm him and leave the area.

Shortly after, Butler came upon the woman who the other man was previously with. She was bleeding and missing a shoe. She told him the man she was with had hurt her. 

Butler took her to the Emmanuel Church, where she told employees she has been sexually assaulted.

The police were called and began looking for the suspect in the alleged sex assault. At 10:50 p.m., an hour before the stabbing occurred, an officer found Butler on the streets of West Kelowna looking for the suspect. The officer told Butler: “just leave this to us.”

Butler then took a cab into downtown Kelowna, swinging by the Kelowna Gospel Mission where he asked someone where the suspect was, because "he raped a girl.”

Shortly after, Butler found the man he was looking for on Leon Avenue near the Vancouver Career College and stabbed him.

While Butler, now 32 years old, was originally charged with attempted murder, he pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated assault, and the Crown and defence presented a joint submission on sentencing.

Justice Lisa Wyatt agreed with the Crown and defence on a 16-month sentence, which was credited for time already served, along with three years of probation.

Following the stabbing, police questioned the alleged rapist about the allegations against him, but he denied being with the woman on the night of Dec. 4. His statement was contradicted by surveillance video that showed him with her. 

No charges have been laid against the suspect in relation to the alleged sexual assault, but Crown prosecutor David Grabavac told the court he believed an RCMP investigation was ongoing. The RCMP would not confirm or deny if an investigation is still going on.

In a separate case, the alleged rapist currently faces charges of committing an indecent act and causing a disturbance last December in Vancouver. A warrant was issued for his arrest in January after he skipped out on his bail, and he remains on the lam.

Butler, a father of two young boys, plans to move back to Newfoundland to be with his family.

“I regret getting involved in this situation at all, it's turned my life upside down and taken me away from my children for a long period of time,” Butler told Justice Wyatt before he was sentenced. “I just hope I can get back to being a father as soon as possible and I'm just looking forward to raising my children.”

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