Weyburn resident Dustin McFadden, 36, was sentenced to eight years in prison, including the time already served in custody, after he pleaded guilty to charges of attempted murder and break-and-enter with intent to commit an indictable offence.
McFadden was to have a two-day preliminary hearing, set for Thursday and Friday, but instead the Crown prosecutor informed Judge K.E. Bellerose that they were in discussions with defence to have the matter dealt with that morning.
After over an hour and a half of discussions, McFadden entered guilty pleas to three charges, with the remaining charges withdrawn by the Crown, and a joint submission that he serve a sentence of seven years 10 months from this point. The third charge he pleaded guilty to was breach of recognizance, which he entered into in June to have no contact with his former spouse.
The charges arose from an incident on Dec. 8 when he broke into the home of his former spouse, whom he assaulted, and then went into the basement and attacked her boyfriend with a switchblade, inflicting a number of serious wounds.
For more details about the court proceeding, please check the Weyburn Review on Wednesday, Feb. 18, for the full account.