Domestic abuser should get stiffer sentence, says victim

A woman traumatized by her former boyfriend thinks the Crown should have asked for a tougher sentence.
Anthony Tilley has been found guilty of charges including assaults with a weapon. (CBC)

A woman traumatized by her former boyfriend thinks the Crown should have asked for a tougher sentence.

Anthony Tilley, 31, went on a drunken rampage at Lisa Squires' house just after Christmas last year, breaking her TV and microwave, tossing a computer around, and sticking knives in her walls.

Domestic abuse victim Lisa Squires says three years isn't a stiff enough sentence for the crime. CBC

"I have nightmares every night about being traumatized," Squires said.

Last month, Tilley was found guilty of damaging property, assaults with a weapon, and more.

On Thursday, he pleaded guilty to breaching court orders not to have contact with Squires.

Crown prosecutor Dana Sullivan said there was nothing to mitigate what Tilley had done, adding that he should be sentenced to at least three years in jail.

Squires, however, thinks the sentence should be longer.

"There would not be enough time for him to serve for everything he put me through, and my son and my animals — my whole family," said Squires, speaking outside the courtroom on Thursday.

"I'm still going through counselling. I basically got my home somewhat rebuilt. But now I've got to go out and get a Christmas tree and stuff."

That's because Tilley wrecked her old tree by throwing it outside during last year's rampage.

He also went next door, kicked in a door and held up two knives to a neighbour, terrifying him.

Tilley's lawyer, Jason Edwards, noted the drunken incident was out of character for Tilley, and that while he has a criminal record, it's not for crimes like this.

Edwards says a two-and-a-half-year sentence would be more appropriate.

Judge James Walsh said because Tilley was so drunk, he wasn't guilty of breaking and entering with intent.

Walsh noted if he had found Tilley guilty of that charge, it would have been considered home invasion, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

"That's the problem with the wrong charge being laid," said Walsh.

Squires says Tilley is still calling her from jail.

"He's obsessed, I think," said Squires.

Walsh could still give Tilley more jail time, since sentencing isn't scheduled to take place until next Wednesday.