Edmonton man gets a year in prison after cleaver attack

The Edmonton Law Courts, housing provincial courts, family courts, the Court of Appeal and Court of...

The Edmonton Law Courts, housing provincial courts, family courts, the Court of Appeal and Court of Queen's Bench, is seen in downtown Edmonton in this June 9, 2014 file photo. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

Tony Blais, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 1:39 AM ET

An Edmonton man who attacked a stranger with a cleaver -- including holding it against his own throat -- and threatened to kill the man and his family was jailed Thursday.

Ian Drako Bruce, 26, was handed a 12-month sentence after pleading guilty in Provincial Court to assault with a weapon and uttering death threats.

He was also given an extra four months for a two-on-one attack on an Edmonton Remand Centre inmate and ripping a phone out of a wall.

Judge Shelagh Creagh accepted Bruce's remorse, but said a jail term was required due to the "severity" of the armed attack and the fact it had "destroyed" the victims' "peace of mind" and "took away their confidence."

Crown prosecutor Breena Smith told court victim Matthew Douma had been brushing snow off his vehicle outside his Oliver-area home about 7:45 a.m. on March 5 when Bruce approached him, told him he had been robbed and demanded he give him some money.


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