A Winnipeg woman who accidentally plunged a knife into her boyfriend's chest during a drunken bout of rough sex received a three-year conditional discharge yesterday.
A court order has prohibited the young lovers from communicating with each other since the February 2007 incident. That order was lifted yesterday and the couple left court together, smiling.
Court heard the 25-year-old woman and 24-year-old man had known each other since grade school but had only become romantically involved four weeks prior to the accident.
The man was rushed to hospital in critical condition after suffering a stab wound to the left ventricle of his heart.
"Hospital staff thought he was going to die, he was very close to death," said Crown attorney Larry Allan, adding the man has fully recovered.
The man and woman had been drinking heavily and were engaged in "rough sex activities" when the man requested she "carve artwork" into his chest.
"He said they engaged in dangerous play, and due to her intoxication, was not precise with the knife and punctured his heart," Allan said.
The man told police the stabbing was an accident and that the two routinely cut and scratched each other with knives. The man showed police several wounds, including a heart-shaped scar on his back featuring the woman's initials.
McCammond said it was the victim who introduced the woman to "body modification" and asked her to carve another heart on his chest. The woman was complying when the man asked her to press harder, McAmmond said.
"Unfortunately, ribs are shaped like venetian blinds and the knife went through," he said.
The woman was originally charged with aggravated assault, but pleaded guilty yesterday to simple assault. She also pleaded guilty to one count of breaching a court order she have no contact with her boyfriend.
"They were in love, they wanted to be together, and eventually she weakened," McAmmond said, explaining the court breach.
Judge Brian Corrin said the woman was "clearly remorseful and unlikely to be reinvolved." Corrin ordered the woman to participate in alcohol counselling while on probation.