Former Rider Justin Cox gets nine months in jail for assaulting woman

Former Saskatchewan Roughrider Justin Cox has been sentenced to nine months in jail for assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Cox also received an additional three months in jail for breaching his bail conditions, which prevented him from having contact with the victim. He also faces a second trial in March on a separate assault charge.

The former defensive back pleaded guilty in September to assault causing bodily harm for the August 2017 attack that left a woman with a broken nose, bloody and bruised.

His ex-girlfriend says Cox began assaulting her in the parking lot of a Regina mall and continued to beat her as he drove through traffic to the site of the old Mosaic Stadium.

According to her victim impact statement read by the Crown, she was able to escape from the vehicle and flag down a passerby who drove her to a hospital.  In her statement, she said she still lives with the trauma of the attack every day and has since moved across the country.

The victim also says that Cox repeatedly harassed her and had women he was dating harass her through messaging apps in an attempt to convince her not to testify. According to the statement, at one point Cox texted her father saying “Your daughter better help me in court before it’s too late” and “She was a lowlife when I met her.”

The woman’s name is protected by a publication ban.

The Crown was asking for one year of jail time, probation, anger management and substance abuse training. The defence asked for significantly less jail time or no jail time and a fine he could pay off in the community.

Cox apologized during the sentencing hearing.

“I’m sorry for everything that happened,” Cox said. “I hope I get another chance.”

Cox played one full season with the Roughriders, eventually being named the club’s rookie of the year in 2016.

He was let go from the team in April 2017 after he was arrested on a different assault charge but was found not guilty.

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