Woman sentenced for stabbing cousin in fight over man

Saskatchewan Provincial Court in Prince Albert. -- Herald File Photo

Jealousy came between two cousins, leaving one with 11 stab wounds and the other with jail time.

A judge sentenced Arlene McAdam to six months in jail on Wednesday for stabbing her cousin at a 7-Eleven in February. She pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm.

The altercation apparently erupted over a man that McAdam once dated. He had moved on to strike up a relationship with her cousin.

“He had been in a relationship with both women, so there is some jealousy involved,” said Crown prosecutor Gail Douglas.

When McAdam spotted them in the 7-Eleven convenience store on Second Avenue, she confronted the new couple.

“You are with my old man now,” Douglas quoted her as saying.

At that point, Douglas continued, McAdam punched her cousin in the head. After she was tackled in response, McAdam pulled out a steak knife and repeatedly stabbed the woman.

The much-sought-after man was able to break up the fight. Police responded to the crime scene, but the victim said she didn’t want to press charges. No one would give a statement to investigators.

But officers were able to locate video footage of the incident. They arrested McAdam. She was later released and put under 24-house arrest, but breached her conditions. Her lawyer said she left to visit her “gravely ill” father in Saskatoon. Police later picked her up, and she has been in jail ever since.

On Wednesday, Judge Lavoie accepted a joint submission from the Crown and the defence. He sentenced her to six months in jail. He said it was “very generous” on the part of the Crown. With credit for time served, that leaves 97 days to go.