Second man sentenced for violent Chilliwack home invasion

Chilliwack Law Courts. - File
Chilliwack Law Courts.
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The second of three men who took part in a violent home invasion in Chilliwack was sentenced in BC Supreme Court on Aug. 22.

Justice Brian Joyce gave Steven Tkachuk four years in jail for the 2012 break-and-enter where a sleeping couple were terrorized and robbed in their home.

Tkachuk was given one-and-a-half times credit for time served, which amounted to 997 days.

That means the 45-year-old will serve a further one year and 98 days in custody.

The incident involved Tkachuk, David Lee Ganaway, 31, and Marc Cadieux, 42, breaking into a home where a couple was asleep. The trio proceeded to beat the husband, threaten the wife and steal a significant amount of jewelry and cash from a safe.

The couple also had family videos stolen and discarded.

But worst of all, they were traumatized and have suffered mentally and emotionally.

“It’s callous to terrorize people this way in their own home,” Crown Counsel Grant Lindsey told the court during a sentencing hearing in July.

Tkachuk’s lawyer, Gurpreet Gill, had asked for three years in custody minus time served.

Gill said Tkachuk felt remorse, is a hard-working man, and was duped into the crime thinking he was helping his co-accused, Cadieux, to pay off a debt.

Gill also argued during the trial and again at the sentencing hearing that her client did not think anyone would be in the house when the plan was hatched.

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