Penticton man sentenced to two years for his role in attack

Richard Labonte broke into a Penticton woman's home and threatened to kill her family

Alcohol is no excuse for an assault, Judge Gregory Korturbash told a Penticton man last week.

Richard Labonte received two years less a day of jail time on Thursday for breaking and entering and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose for a strange incident that took place last November.

“Mr. Labonte did a very stupid series of actions like he had a black cloud over his head and loser stamped in his forehead,” said defence counsel Tom Johnston.

The court heard that Labonte had been consuming alcohol with others in the Three Gables apartments when he dropped his pants in front of a woman in the hallway. The pair got into a verbal altercation which escalated when the woman hit Labonte in the face and then retrieved a paring knife from her apartment which she just held in her hand. The exchange ended with the woman retreating to her apartment and Labonte threatening that while he would not physically hurt a woman, he knew a woman that would do it for him for $50. Later that evening, Labonte returned with Maureen Bourque and forcibly opened the women’s apartment door. Bourque carried a knife and Labonte grabbed a long bar that was behind the women’s door.

The women’s sons were also in the apartment and testified that Labonte said he was “going to kill your family.”

The 17-year-old son said Labonte came at him with the bar and pushed it into his chest. The son then pushed Labonte back and ran to his mother’s assistance. He testified Bourque tried stabbing his mother but missed and he pushed Bourque away.

The court heard during the trial that the son and mother barricaded the door and Bourque continued to stab through an opening. RCMP arrived shortly after.

Defence counsel said Labonte did not know that Bourque, with whom he has children with, had the knife and that he was so drunk he did not realize what was happening.

Crown counsel Catherine Crockett was asking for a four- to five-year jail sentence but defence argued that it was a “grossly disproportionate sentence” compared to Bourque, who received 90-day intermittent sentence.

Labonte apologized in court for his actions and claimed he did not know children were in the apartment.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Search and Rescue ongoing in hills above Penticton

An individual became stranded earlier this morning.

First VegFest of the South Okanagan coming to Penticton

The festival is scheduled for Aug. 23, with speakers and entertainment all day.

Priest Camp near Summerland was created in 1845

Agreement formed between Grand Chief Nicola (1793-1859) and Father Giovanni Nobili (1812-1856)

Penticton Vees score a 9-1 win against Merritt Centennials

The win is their third in a row in their latest streak.

UBC, Iranian-Canadian community create memorial scholarship in honour of victims

The Jan. 8 crash killed 176 people, including 57 Canadians

Disrespectful that Horgan won’t meet during northern B.C. tour: hereditary chief

Na’moks said he was frustrated Horgan didn’t meet with the chiefs

Update: Highway reopens after crash west of Revelstoke

Drive BC also reported a vehicle incident 10 km east of Golden.

Canucks extend home win streak to 8 with 4-1 triumph over Sharks

Victory lifts Vancouver into top spot in NHL’s Pacific Division

BC Green Party leader visits northern B.C. pipeline protest site

Adam Olsen calls for better relationship between Canada, British Columbia and First Nations

‘Extensive’ work planned at Big Bar landslide ahead of salmon, steelhead migration

Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan visited the site of the slide from June

B.C. society calls out conservation officer after dropping off bear cub covered in ice

Ice can be seen in video matted into emaciated bear cub’s fur

Most Read