CBC News Posted: Nov 13, 2014 12:19 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 13, 2014 7:49 PM ET
Nikolas Stefanatos, the Brossard man who sprayed acid on his ex-girlfriend, Tanya St-Arnauld, has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.
The plea at the Longueuil courthouse came today — three weeks before Stefanatos’ trial was set to start.
The attack, which happened in August 2012, caused second and third degree burns to St-Arnauld’s face, back, neck and arms.
Stefanatos sprayed St-Arnauld with a household cleaning product containing acid, apparently in a bout of jealous anger.
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Stefanatos addressed the court to say he was sorry for what he did. He apologized to St-Arnauld in front of the judge, adding that he would hug her if he were allowed to.
St-Arnauld reminded the judge of the devastating effect her ex-boyfriend’s actions have had on her life, including suffering from second and third degree burns, being in a medically induced coma and undergoing skin grafts. She said that she now has the skin of a 70-year-old.
Stefanatos is due back in court on Dec. 3 for his sentencing hearing.
Crown prosecutor Erin Kavanagh told CBC that he has already reached an agreement with the defence on a suggested sentence, calling it “significant.”
Stefanatos has been held since the night of his arrest two and a half years ago, and that time served prior to his conviction will count as time-and-a-half once he’s sentenced.