Man accused of more domestic violence

A man with a history of domestic violence found himself back in jail

A man with a history of domestic violence found himself back in jail.

Mark Oleksiuk, 39, received a nine-month jail sentence last June after pleading guilty to two counts of assaulting his wife, failing to appear in court and breach of a court order. He also has another conviction for assaulting his former wife.

On Monday, in Campbell River provincial court, Oleksiuk was in the prisoner’s box for a bail hearing on new charges. He’s accused of assaulting his wife again and breaching a court order by contacting her.

According to prosecutor Bruce Goddard, Oleksiuk ignored the court order because of a clerical error resulting in the misspelling of his wife’s name.

“It’s was clear he was to have no contact,” said Goddard.

Then, in the early morning hours of March 21, RCMP received a 911 call from his wife. The operator heard a woman screaming before the call was cut off.

Police officers finally tracked down the call to an apartment on Birch Street where Oleksiuk was staying with a friend. The alleged victim was later found outside the residence and told police she had been assaulted.

However, according to defence lawyer Angie Penhall, Oleksiuk accuses his wife of being a drug addict and the bumps on her head may have been self-inflicted.

Goddard was seeking Oleksiuk’s detention, but Judge Brian Saunderson said he could be released on bail. However, in order to get bail, Oleksiuk requires two sureties for $2,000 apiece. At press time, it’s unknown if he secured the sureties.

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