UPDATE: I was informed of the specific previous convictions that this woman had; uttering threats, theft under $5000, possession of goods obtained by crime x 4, dangerous driving and breaching court orders x 4. She also had an "unremarkable" background and there was no mention in court of any mitigating or contributing life factors leading to this crime.
Beer bottle attacker jailed
A Winnipeg woman who disfigured another woman with a broken beer bottle has been sentenced to 21 months in jail.
Jordana Koutecki, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault.
Court heard she was at Pharoah’s nightclub on March 9, 2006, when the victim — a woman Koutecki claimed had assaulted one of her friends — threw a glass at her head. Koutecki hit the woman in the head with a beer bottle, breaking it, and then hit her a second time with the jagged end of the bottle.
The victim has been left visibly scarred and suffered minor nerve damage to her eye, said Crown attorney Scott Cooper.
Justice Colleen Suche credited Koutecki the double-time equivalent of 14 1/2 months time served, reducing her remaining sentence to 6 1/2 months.
Since this incident occurred at a bar, I am guessing that alcohol was likely involved, which would be a mitigating factor. When people are impaired, they overreact and are unpredictable. Perhaps substance abuse counseling could also be beneficial to this woman.
Many will say that this type of sentence does not provide justice for the victim. But currently, our justice system which is based on punishment and retributive justice, is quite frankly, not going to sentence offenders to a term which emotional victims feel is appropriate. The only system where victims and offenders are both involved in the process, is that of restorative justice. Victim offender mediation has been proven very effective and satisfying for victims especially as they CAN be involved and they can express their feelings towards the offender and learn why the offender committed this crime against them. Victims have expressed in studies that they felt more at peace after participating in mediation than simply by incarcerating the offender.
Here is a chart I made of the mitigating and aggravating circumstances:
Young (age 23)
Previous criminal record (uttering threats, dangerous driving, possession of goods obtained by crime, breach of court orders, theft under $5000)
Violence, charge of aggravated assault
Likely triggered by alcohol; impaired judgment and unpredictable nature
Believed the victim assaulted a friend; seeking revenge
Already served 7 mos. in remand custody