|Christopher Husbands, accused in the Eaton Centre shooting, makes a brief court appearance Monday, June 4, 2012. (Pam Davies sketch/Special to the Sun)
TORONTO -- A 23-year-old man accused of murdering two and wounding five in the Eaton Centre shooting rampage was sentenced to one year in jail for raping a former lover who sheltered him two years ago.
"This is a serious violation of the sexual autonomy of the victim," Justice Rick Libman said Tuesday as he passed sentence against Christopher Husbands for the November 2010 sexual assault.
Although Libman called Husbands, 23, a "clearly articulate and thoughtful individual," the judge said the rapist "appears to have limited remorse and insight into his actions" and characterized it with "a dismissive attitude towards her."
The rape profoundly impacted the now 24-year-old mother of a three-year-old girl, noted Libman, who quoted the woman's poignant impact statement.
"This offence made me furious, angry and sad and especially since it happened to me by someone I once loved and cared for," Libman quoted the victim's statement as saying.
Husbands, who was also handed two years of probation, has been in custody since June when he was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder in connection with the shooting in the crowded Eaton Centre food court.
He was supposed to have been on house arrest bail and prohibited from possessing firearms at the time of the shocking mall incident.
He was also supervising children at a Toronto-run facility from November 2011 to May 2012 while on a $4,000 house arrest bail for the sexual assault.
Crown attorney Jennifer Lofft said Husbands repaid the generosity of a woman who "gave him a place to stay in her home" by victimizing her.
"He proceeded to satisfy his sexual appetites without regard to her," said Lofft, who wanted him jailed the maximum 18 months.
"He betrayed this girl. Mr. Husbands' attitude is take, take, take," Lofft said. "He knew her sexual integrity was violated before. That made it worse."
Husbands' lawyer, Moshe Micha, said his client has no prior convictions for violent offences, but a criminal record for possessing drugs and breaching court orders, which never landed him jail before.
"I believe he has the tools and the potential to turn his life around," said Micha, who sought a six-month jail sentence.