A man with a criminal record, including for threatening RCMP and guards at KRCC, made an unexpected guilty plea on the eve of a trial in B.C. Supreme Court.
Defence lawyer Jeremy Jensen told Justice Hope Hyslop that his client, Shane Jeurissen, wants to plead guilty to charges of attacking his girlfriend.
Jeurissen stood in the courtroom and answered “guilty” to charges of assault with a weapon and breaching his probation.
Prosecutor Joel Gold said the guilty plea “came late in the day and is a significant change of direction.”
Jeurissen was asked again if he was admitting to the essential elements of the offence. He answered “yes.”
A statement of facts is expected to read that on May 11 this year Jeurissen entered his girlfriend’s residence in Barriere and punched her in the eye while she was on the phone. She fell to the ground and he proceeded to hold a knife to her throat.
The victim suffered cuts to her hand.
Jeurissen was arrested the same day by RCMP. He pleaded guilty earlier to obstruction of justice after he made calls to the victim from KRCC telling her not to co-operate with authorities.
Jeurrisen was charged in 2011 with uttering threats based on a letter he wrote threatening to kill RCMP.
A date was set later this month to fix a date for sentencing submissions.