A Manitoba judge says a man was justified in trying to defend himself from a late-night intruder, but sentenced him to jail time for killing the intruder when he took that defence too far.

Dakota Pratt, 28, was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison, after a jury at Brandon’s Court of Queen’s Bench found him guilty in April of manslaughter in the attack that killed Vincent Bunn.

Court heard Bunn, 21, entered Pratt’s home on the Birdtail Sioux First Nation, about 115 kilometres northwest of Brandon, Man., in the early morning of Sept. 2, 2016.

Pratt, who was asleep in a basement bedroom, awoke to a “feeling of being stabbed” in the head, court heard. He got up and found a knife-wielding intruder in his room and — not knowing who the person was — chased him into the hallway.

“Mr. Pratt was the victim of an unprovoked assault … and knew he was in a struggle for his own life,” Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Cummings said in his sentencing decision.

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16 Responses to Unreal

  1. Steve the engineer says:

    Canada snowflake judge.

  2. Tsquared says:

    “That’s our brother. His life is gone now because of Dakota,”

    Nope, his life is gone because he broke into a house and attacked the homeowner with a knife where he lost the fight. The judge needs to be horsewhipped.

  3. nonncom says:

    The outcome the night of was all well and good…..I guess the court is trying to create a moment of doubt so that more perps escape unscathed?….does Canada have a “Castle” doctrine?….if so, the man was within his rights to defend….there is no “went too far”….the son of a bitch is dead, end of sentence….the fact the man was attacked in his sleep justifies it even more….

  4. WestcoastDeplorable says:

    What utter bullshit! What was he supposed to do, play tiddly-winks while the asshole stabbed him?

    • crazyeighter says:

      Every time he tries to do something to alleviate the problem of New Democrats a judge in Hawaii shuts it down.

  5. loaded4bear says:

    I’m an American by birth and a Texan by choice. We don’t suffer from foolish decisions like this.

    • Jeffery in Alabama says:

      Neither do we in Alabama suffer from such “folly”. The characters in the story, especially the judge, sound completely hopeless.

  6. samoore says:

    The judge said, “Logic suggests that when there is an intruder in the house that it would make good sense to ascertain the identity of the intruder and ensure that he be expelled from the house”.

    That tells you just how far from reality that idiot is.

    Some cocksucker is in my home, armed, and has already assaulted me, and I should ask him for his ID?

  7. Daniel K Day says:

    I’m not hearing any remorse from the Bunn siblings for the fact that their brother was an asshole who got drunk, went into someone’s house in the middle of the night with a knife, and attacked him.

    • Unclezip says:

      Of course not; “It was very hurtful”, sniveled the sister. Blow it out your safe space, scrunt.

      And we have to wonder – who’s the sweet little thang who caused this jealous rage brouhaha?

  8. Chris Mallory says:

    Part of the victim’s problem was that he lied about what happened.

    “The only witness to the fight was Pratt, court was told.

    He initially denied to police on numerous occasions that a knife was used in the attack, which Cummings called a “concerted effort” to lie about what happened on the deck.
    The Crown stated that this was clearly false, but that other parts of his statement should be accepted as true because they were against Mr. Pratt’s interest,” said Cummings. ”

    Lying to the cops is never smart . Talking to the cops is never smart. Better to become a mute and let your lawyer do the talking.

  9. Paul J says:

    Won’t even go fishing up there anymore. Can’t keep hardly anything. Also our customs worries more about their game laws than ours Now this shit. Read the names. Tells some of it.

  10. Dan says:

    Some problems can only be solved by a good funeral. This brain dead judge is one of them. And try can string the prosecutor up alongside.

  11. ChuckN says:

    Stories like this are the first thing that comes to mind every time I hear “oh, don’t resist, we’ll just let the lawyers and judges sort it out”. The only good to come of this is that more and more people are realizing just how corrupt our judicial system is (not just the US but all Western countries). And with th\at realization comes the knowledge that to fully protect ones fully one needs to abide by the 3S rule. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on viewpoint) I see a date not to far in the future of our society that activists in the judiciary are going to find out exactly what that rule is.

  12. grayjohn says:

    Was it Judge Terrance, or Judge Phillip?

Play nice.