Thu. May 19th, 2022

A man in North Vancouver has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for aggravated assault after stabbing a stranger in the chest.

Thomas Joseph Adamec, 29, was convicted in the BC Supreme Court last month.

At the time of the attack, in May 2018, Adamec was living in a downtown apartment in Vancouver, court documents show. The victim, John Yu, had been invited to the apartment by Adamec’s girlfriend. There was a brief argument and “for some inexplicable reason”, Adamec went to the kitchen where he took out a large kitchen knife and without warning stabbed Yu in the chest, Judge Carla Forth wrote in the decision.

Yu was left bleeding badly. Instead of helping him, Adamec simply left the apartment, the judge noted. Yu staggered outside, where he collapsed and hit his head on the ground. He was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery. The knife wound was 5.6 centimeters deep, the ruling states.

“The injury was life-threatening and would have been fatal without surgery,” Forth wrote.

Days later, Yu still could not use one side of his body. A CT scan found a major cerebral hemorrhage that required a craniotomy to repair.

“If this had not been operated on, Mr. Yu would be dead,” Forth said.

Yu’s life has been “irrevocably changed” with post-traumatic stress disorder, lasting headaches and fatigue and a chronic fear that someone will try to kill him with no apparent motive, the court document states.

Adamec was later arrested in Ontario. He was found guilty of aggravated assault in March.

As a young man, Adamec was suspended and expelled from schools because of his violent and insecure behavior, Forth wrote. He has no diagnosed mental health issues and he denied having trouble managing his emotions effectively, even though he has criminal convictions for violence or threats of violence, robbery and gun possession that go back to his teens, Forth admitted.

At his sentencing, Adamec’s friends and family testified that he was a quiet and calm person who showed “compassion, love and care”, but Forth countered “these qualities are far from Mr. Adamec who decided to take a large kitchen knife and throw it into Mr. Yu’s chest. “

The Crown had sought a sentence of six to eight years. Adamec’s lawyer argued that four to five would be appropriate. Taking into account judgments from similar cases, Forth handed down a sentence of five years and four months.

“His actions carry a high degree of moral guilt. He used a knife when Mr. Yu was on his way out of the apartment. Mr. Yu was not a threat to Adamec. He was an unsuspecting, defenseless person who had no idea that Mr. Adamec would suddenly become violent. Mr. Yu had no opportunity to defend himself, “wrote Forth.

At the sentencing, Adamec apologized to Yu, but Forth said he also talked about wanting to put the case behind him.

“I am concerned about Mr Adamec’s lack of remorse and insight. It shows that he is an increased risk to the public, “she wrote. “I am not convinced that he understands the harm he has caused Yu, nor is he prepared to take responsibility for his actions.”

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