A P.E.I. man who assaulted a woman twice and breached several no-contact orders meant to keep him away from her was sentenced recently to 80 days in jail.
Michael John Gallie, 59, appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to two counts of assault, three counts of breaching an undertaking and one count of breaching his probation.
The court heard that on March 8, the police responded to a complaint after Gallie pushed a woman to the ground.
Gallie was under house arrest at the time on an unrelated matter.
He assaulted the same woman again on May 14 when he pushed her and held her down.
The police arrested Gallie the next day after witnesses saw him knocking on the woman’s door.
It was his second breach of an undertaking by violating a no-contact order involving the woman.
Gallie also breached an undertaking by missing one of his court dates.
The court heard Gallie has a lengthy criminal record and more than $23,000 in outstanding fines.
Defence lawyer Alex Dalton said Gallie has been dealing with alcohol addiction and mental health issues.
Before hearing his sentence, Gallie said he was embarrassed and felt terrible about what happened.
He’s hoping to receive counselling for anger management and substance abuse, Gallie said.
“I sincerely apologize for my actions.”
Douglas gave Gallie 25 days of credit for time spent in custody since his arrest, leaving him a further 55 days to serve.
Gallie will be on probation for 18 months, which included a condition he have no contact with the victim.