A MAN facing assault charges was released on a peace bond after he and his partner began counselling to deal with their problems.
Daniel Bouwknecht, 22, agreed to the peace bond and its conditions that he must follow for five months in provincial court Sept. 6.
“I understand you and your spouse are working through issues through counselling. I understand the results are quite positive,” said Judge Calvin Struyk before passing sentence.
Bouwknecht was charged with one count of assault for an incident Nov. 15, 2011 and one charge of assault and one charge of uttering threats from Jan. 11, 2012.
Although there were grounds for the charges, the couple, who has two children, continues to be in a relationship and are taking counselling, which they have to attend as the Ministry of Children and Family Development is paying for it and the counsellor is required to report if they don’t show up, court heard from prosecutor Barry Zacharias.
Bouwknecht’s peace bond conditions include leaving his spouse’s presence if asked to and not returning unless he’s invited.
A peace bond means the accused agrees that a person has reason to fear him without agreeing to what happened.
It is not a criminal conviction so after it’s over, it won’t show up on the person’s record.
A charge of assault was stayed by the court.