Bong assault earns man jail time

A bong. Photo courtesy angelic/pixabay

A man who smashed a woman over the face with a bong was sentenced to 20.5 months in jail Monday.

With 15 months remand credit, Carson Ballantyne will serve another five and a half months, plus a year of probation. In May 2016, the 28-year-old hit Jennifer Morin with a bong, a large glass water pipe used for smoking marijuana. Morin needed about two-dozen stitches to close an injury she sustained to her chin.

Ballantyne later pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated assault. In passing his sentence in Prince Albert’s Court of Queen’s Bench, Justice G.A. Meschishnick said the attack left the victim “with lasting emotional and physical scars.”

Crown prosecutor Cynthia Alexander was seeking a 30-month sentence. She noted that Ballantyne has a criminal record with 48 adult convictions.

But Ballantyne’s lawyer, Ian Goldberg, said he should get time served with 18 months of probation.

For more on this story, see the March 28 print or e-edition of the Daily Herald.