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Ben Lee Park face slasher sentenced in Kelowna court

Derrick Antoine, 30, was sentenced for slashing Matt LeBlanc (pictured) with a machete in 2016.
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March 20, 2017 - 3:31 PM

KELOWNA – A Kelowna man was sentenced to time already served for slashing a Kelowna man in the face with a machete and stabbing his ex-girlfriend in the back.

Derrick Antoine admits that on Aug. 8, 2016 he approached a Kelowna man, Matt LeBlanc, who was with friends in Ben Lee Park. After words were exchanged, Antoine and one other man punched and kicked LeBlanc before Antoine slashed him across the face with a machete. The wound was to the bone and required 30 stitches.

Police were unable to find Antoine, but several witnesses identified him as the attacker.

One week later he was arrested after police were called to a home in Rutland where they found Antoine’s ex-girlfriend and mother of his child, with a small puncture wound in her back.

Antoine was on condition not to contact her or possess weapons after another incident when he whipped her in the face with a telephone cord.

LeBlanc told iNFOnews.ca Antoine was upset that the former girlfriend ended their six-year relationship and was meeting new friends. During the sentencing in Kelowna today, March 20, court heard that LeBlanc and the former girlfriend had a physical relationship one week before the Ben Lee Park incident.

Antoine pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon, domestic assault, assault causing bodily harm and resisting arrest for giving police a false name.

The judge called the attacks “vicious” and “barbaric” but agreed to the joint submission.

Having been in custody 217 days, and with enhanced credit, he will serve no new time but will be on probation two years.

Antoine, a Splatsin First Nation member, has no criminal history and apologized to the victims, their families, his family and the community for the crimes.

“I want to get life back together for me and my daughter,” he said.

Derrick Kurtis Antoine, 29, was arrested for allegedly assaulting his 26-year-old ex-girlfriend on Franklyn Road in Rutland just before 6 a.m. on Aug. 16.
Derrick Kurtis Antoine, 29, was arrested for allegedly assaulting his 26-year-old ex-girlfriend on Franklyn Road in Rutland just before 6 a.m. on Aug. 16.
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