A "toxic" relationship ended with an assault conviction and a promise to leave the province.
Gregory Prybylski confessed in court Wednesday he punched his then-girlfriend in the eye three or four times in her Kelowna apartment last summer. A judge sentenced him to five months in jail for assault causing bodily harm.
The pair had an on-and-off relationship over three years, court heard. When the woman moved to Kelowna, Prybylski followed her here and harassed her parents for her address.
He'd been staying in her apartment on Bertram Street when a neighbour told RCMP he was beating her. An officer spoke to two neighbours who confirmed Prybylski, 42, was abusing her.
The Mountie saw the woman outside her apartment Aug. 5. Her left eye was swollen shut and bruised dark purple. She ran into her apartment and wouldn't answer the door.
The apartment manager used a key to enter the suite. The officer found the woman inside and Prybylski sleeping in the bedroom. He arrested him for punching her several times in the eye.
The couple were abusing alcohol and cocaine, said Crown counsel Duncan Campbell. When Prybylski got bail, he breached his release conditions by contacting the woman. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail.
Prybylski, a muscular man with a brush cut, has prior convictions for assault and attempted robbery. Because he served five months of pretrial time for the Kelowna assault, he was released Wednesday. He plans to go back to his hometown of Calgary.
"I recognize my actions are deplorable and unacceptable," he said. "The relationship is finished. . . . It is toxic."
Judge Brad Chapman also placed him on two years' probation. He must stay away from the victim and her parents, not carry weapons for five years and submit a DNA sample to the national databank.