A former Knouff Lake woman whose punches left her neighbour with vision damage received a conditional discharge Friday.
Judge Stella Frame said Sheena Rae Kirouac, convicted of assault causing bodily harm on her neighbour, should be spared a criminal record.
“The complainant was not blameless. This was an appalling situation that got out of control,” Frame said.
The neighbouring couples at Knouff Lake started out friendly. At one time Kirouac took care of April Cole’s child.
But disputes over dogs boiled over in December 2011.
Their male partners exchanged words and wrestled. Frame found the 29-year-old Kirouac went too far in what was a consensual fight.
Prior to the beating, Kirouac reportedly told Cole, “I don’t fight like a girl” and “I’ve been waiting to do this for years.”
But Frame said Cole also shared blame. In addition, the judge put weight on letters of reference from friends and other neighbours.
The couple has since moved from Knouff Lake.
Defence lawyer Don Campbell argued for the conditional discharge, which would leave Kirouac with no criminal record.
“This is the kind of person who may excel as a foster parent, daycare operator or teacher,” he argued.
Kirouac has martial arts and early childhood education training.
She will serve 12 months probation, which includes provisions she not contact Cole or the woman’s spouse.
Cole was left with partial vision loss after the fight.
“No neighbourhood or community should have to tolerate this,” Frame said. “I’m persuaded by letters from other neighbours and people who work with you that this is out of character.”