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Time-served sentence for Kamloops woman who struck acquaintance over head with 2x4

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April 16, 2018 - 5:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - A woman who hit an acquaintance over the head with a 2x4, shoplifted from a Save on Foods and pulled a knife on the store's loss prevention officer will be released from custody and into a transitional house.

Kendra Plotnikoff, 28, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm, theft under $5,000, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and breach of recognizance in Kamloops Provincial Court today, April 16.

During an incident on Nov. 3, Plotnikoff and a man picked up a female acquaintance from the North Shore and drove toward downtown, Crown prosecutor Katie Bouchard told the court. Seemingly out of nowhere, Plotnikoff demanded money from the victim and told her to get out of the car.

The victim said Plotnikoff couldn't have her money, and then was hit in the head and on her body with a 2x4 by the accused, Bouchard said.

A third-party person downtown ended up calling to report the incident and police attended to get the victim's statement. The victim suffered several injuries including rib fractures, a pulmonary contusion and a head injury.

Bouchard says a warrant was issued in December and it was executed later that month.

Earlier last year, Plotnikoff also shoplifted items from Save on Foods. A loss prevention officer saw a woman concealing items in her pockets and backpack, kept an eye on her, and saw her check out to pay for some items, but not the ones she had concealed.

The officer approached Plotnikoff and she returned some items. The officer said he wanted her to return all of the items, but she refused and began walking away. The officer followed Plotnikoff, and as they got out of view of surveillance cameras, Plotnikoff pulled a knife out and started swinging at the officer. He backed off and Plotnikoff took off on a bike.

She's set to stand trial in Provincial Court on one count of assault with a weapon in connection to that incident.

"These are her first offences for violence," Bouchard told the court, noting that Plotnikoff has previous convictions for breaches.

Bouchard says because Plotnikoff has been in custody since the beginning of February, she's in a position to have a time-served sentence, adding that she could be released today if a treatment plan was in place.

Defence lawyer Don Campbell told the court Plotnikoff was raised by her mom and step dad, who were both drug addicts, until she was 12 years old when she went into foster care. She has a grade seven education and has primarily worked in construction in the past.

She has a seven-year-old daughter who lives with the father in Clearwater. Plotnikoff has also struggled with addictions to heroin and crystal meth.

Plotnikoff told the court she will be heading to a transition house in the Lower Mainland upon her release until a long-term treatment bed is available for her in Vancouver. 

When released she'll be on probation for a year. The conditions of her probabation will include no contact with the female victim, a no-go order to any Save on Foods in Kamloops, she cannot consume drugs or alcohol and she will be barred from possessing firearms.

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