Former Stamp Joffrey Reynolds guilty of assault
Ex-Stampeder had plead not guilty of attack on girlfriend
A former Canadian Football League all-star has been found guilty of attacking his ex-girlfriend.
A Calgary judge has convicted Joffrey Reynolds of assault causing bodily harm, common assault and being unlawfully in a dwelling.
"I do not believe the testimony of the accused," Judge Brian Stevenson said Monday in convicting Joffrey Reynolds of assault causing bodily harm and common assault. "I am not left with any reasonable doubt."
Stevenson also convicted Reynolds, 33, of being unlawfully in a dwelling. He acquitted him of the original charge of break and enter with intent.
Joffrey's one-time girlfriend had testified at his trial that he tried to choke and smother her when she came home and found him in her bed.
Kaitlin Ward, 27, had dated Reynolds for six years before ending their relationship in December 2011 upon discovering he had been cheating on her.
Ward said they were trying to determine if they could "salvage" their relationship when she allowed him to stay with her for a couple of days after his house went into foreclosure. Ward testified she told Reynolds at a party that he had to get out of her house. She said Reynolds got angry and kicked her in the back of the leg and was waiting for her when she got home.
But Reynolds testified that it was Ward who attacked him in a jealous rage. He said Ward is a strong woman and he wanted to calm her down.
Stevenson said he found the victim to be the most believable.
"I accept Miss Ward's testimony. I do not accept Mr. Reynolds testimony he was trying to calm her down," the judge said. "He was using as much force as necessary to convince Miss Ward to allow him to stay."
Reynolds was allowed to remain free on bail despite the Crown's argument that he should be taken into custody immediately. Stevenson, who ordered a pre-sentence report, said Reynolds was not a flight risk.
A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for April 8. Reynolds was also ordered to provide a DNA sample to the Calgary police and faces a 10-year weapons prohibition.
Reynolds is from Texas and played college football at the University of Houston.
He played eight years for the Stampeders and was the franchise's all-time leading rusher with 9,213 yards. He was named a CFL all-star four times and won a Grey Cup championship with the Stampeders in 2008 before his release in 2012.