Dispute over Thermos of soup led to girlfriend being punched

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A 23-year-old Chilliwack man, accused of punching his girlfriend in the face the day before Valentine's Day was in provincial court this week for breaching a no-contact order with her the following day.

"The 14th was Valentine's Day, so was that an aggravating or mitigating factor then?" asked judge Roger Cutler during the proceedings Monday.

Travis Jacob Raymond Saby was charged with assault after he allegedly ripped his girlfriend Krysten Wall's shirt, grabbed her neck area and punched her in the ribs and face, splitting her lip.

The violence allegedly arose during a dispute over a thermos of leftover chicken noodle soup Wall had packed Saby for lunch on the morning of Feb. 13.

According to the police report to Crown, Saby had become angry, claiming the thermos had belonged to one of Wall's exes.

Saby was arrested Thursday and released on bail Friday, with one of his bail conditions being no contact with Wall.

Mere hours later, however, Wall told police he showed up at her sliding glass door, told her not to tell anyone he was there, and then asked for his coat.

He was arrested near her home shortly after.

On Monday, Crown counsel Rebecca Beeny said Saby's bail conditions should be changed to include a $500 cash or surety condition to "reinforce the importance of abiding by court orders."

Defence lawyer Ondine Snowdon, however, argued against such a condition.

Besides Saby's relatively light record, which includes no previous violent offences, she pointed to the fact Saby had been released from custody Friday "without a coat, completely inappropriately dressed, without anybody to pick him up and without even a condition allowing him a one-time visit in the company of a peace officer to collect his belongings."

She said Saby planned to move to Surrey after his release and that he was "fully cognizant" his relationship with Wall was over, so further contact was unlikely.

Cutler eventually ordered Saby to pay $300 bail before being released.

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