Jennifer Bird pleads guilty to manslaughter of Simon Hubbard
Crown lawyers seek 14-year sentence minus time served after 'senseless' killing
The Crown is seeking a 14-year sentence for a woman who pleaded guilty Tuesday to manslaughter in the stabbing death of Ottawa man Simon Hubbard on New Year's Day 2011.
Jennifer Bird, who was 26 at the time of the incident, was initially charged with one count of second-degree murder.
Before the incident, Bird had been living downtown at the Shepherds of Good Hope emergency shelter for people with addictions or mental health issues and had three previous convictions for assault with a weapon.
Crown lawyer Paul Attia called Bird a "stabaholic" and said Hubbard's killing was "senseless" and "brutal."
The Crown is seeking a sentence of 14 years, minus time served. Bird has been in custody since she was arrested Jan. 2, 2011.
Hubbard died outside home
Hubbard, 43, was stabbed at his New Edinburgh home and left a trail of blood in his final moments as he stumbled from his basement apartment on Stanley Avenue, where he was attacked, to a two-storey red-brick home next door.
Neighbour Joyce Goodhand spotted Hubbard that afternoon at the base of some stairs and called 911.
Paramedics arrived within minutes, Goodhand said, and pronounced Hubbard dead at the scene. It was the city's first homicide of 2011, and an autopsy concluded that Hubbard died from stab wounds.
Hubbard was an avid musician and had studied electrical engineering at Algonquin College.
About a dozen members of Hubbard's family were in court on Tuesday.