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A Newfoundland man who has already served time for abusing two of his former girlfriends was found guilty of assaulting a third in a virtual Ontario courtroom on Friday morning.

Kevin Evans, 32, filed a guilty plea against Jessica Donald on five counts of assault, which he dated between 2017 and 2018. Other charges, including sexual assault and choking, were withdrawn as part of a plea agreement.

“It’s really a relief because he’s changed things so many times over the past four years that I didn’t quite believe he was actually going to go through this,” Donald said after Friday’s hearing.

“I definitely think it made me stronger, ’cause I never thought I’d have to do something like this. And in the beginning I didn’t really know if I was going to be able to, but I And I am proud of myself for that.”

Wearing glasses and a white-collared shirt, Evans told Justice Erica Chozick at Superior Court in Milton, Ont., that he understood the charges for which he was pleading guilty.

The hearing on Zoom lasted for about half an hour. But it was a long time coming for Donald.

Jessica Donald is pictured at her parents’ Burlington, Ontario, home in February 2020. (Ariana Kelland/CBC)

Months after ending her abusive relationship with Evans, the Burlington woman first went to the police in January 2019. CBC News later approached the court to lift the publication ban covering Donald’s identity, giving him a way to publicly tell his story using his real identity.

Evans contested the application, but the judge ultimately sided with CBC.

The case was later delayed when Evans requested that CBC News and the Toronto Sun hand over his raw interview with Donald, and Donald’s personal medical records.

He later withdrew that request.

incidents of strangulation

Crown prosecutor Nick Chiera explained the facts of the case, in which Evans punched, choked and twisted Donald’s arm—all during the course of anger and jealousy.

On more than one occasion, Evans grabbed and squeezed Donald’s throat with two hands, the court was told. Injuries were left on her neck and throat, and she went to her doctor and the hospital but did not disclose the abuse.

In November 2017, the two got into an argument outside a bar. When Donald left to leave, Evans took his car keys and threw them into a river. Donald climbed downstairs to get the keys but Evans followed him, grabbed his left hand and turned it around. Donald went to the hospital and was required to wear a sling.

In September 2018, near the end of their relationship, Evans became suspicious of a text message Donald received on the phone and punched him in the ribs.

“When asked why Donald waited six months to report the attacks, he said he found a new girlfriend had been abused and didn’t want it to happen to anyone else,” Chiara told the court.

That new girlfriend was Lindsay Plank, who moved with Evans to St. John’s from Ontario after her breakup with Donald.

She was also abused and went to the police in St John’s.

Donald says that he suffered this black eye during an attack by Evans, his former partner. (Submitted by Jessica Donald)

In January 2020, Evans pleaded guilty to assaulting Plank and Ashley McEwen, whom he began dating after Plank.

As in Donald’s case, Evans physically and verbally assaulted Plank and McEwen, often during accusations of cheating and jealousy.

Evans served 169 days in prison while waiting for his case to be resolved, and was released immediately upon sentencing with an 18-month probation order.

simultaneously traumatized and existed

Bound by circumstance and attack, Donald and Plank have become staunch supporters of each other.

Plank took part in Friday’s virtual hearing in support of Donald, the former abuser he says has changed his life irreparably.

“As the previous victim – the constant victim of Kevin Evans – we need to stick together because this is clearly a continuous pattern of Kevin. And to show our support with each other, we have covered the case from start to finish.” All have followed. The three of us,” Plank said.

“I want to know at the end of the day hopefully justice will be done.”

Planck said she thinks the justice system has been given the sentence the three women have been given, and is expected to be handed down this fall.

Justice Erica Chozick set the sentence period until November 25 to allow time for a pre-sentence report.

Lindsey Plank appears in provincial court to hear Evans’ sentencing in January 2020. (Sherry Vivian/CBC)

She is not requesting that Evans appear in person.

“I’m not going to visit him from Newfoundland. I understand that money is tight,” Chozick said.

“I will not make him travel from Newfoundland to Milton for sentencing proceedings.”

Donald said it was clear that his abuser would not be sent to custody for his crimes, and expected that he would be placed under house arrest.

According to Planck, that’s not good enough.

“Money is tight and you can’t travel to Ontario? I don’t care. He just blamed the women for abusing and you’ll let him hang around for two more months like nothing happened?” Plank said.

“The justice system makes no sense.”

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