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Man, 28, pleads guilty to attacking his mother
Woman told police she feared for her life
By Andrew Seymour, The Ottawa CitizenDecember 3, 2009
OTTAWA The 28-year-old son of a former high tech executive has pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm, for grabbing his mother by the neck, smashing her head on the floor, covering her nose and mouth to prevent her from breathing and throwing her down a flight of stairs.
Roman Osadca admitted he was angry at his mother Elizabeth Osadca on Oct. 7, 2008 after learning his ex-girlfriend had married. So he charged toward his mother and tossed her on the floor, repeatedly punching and shaking her head from side to side before placing both hands over her nose and mouth.
When his mother who described seeing stars and began losing consciousness fought back by kicking and punching him, he threw her down the basement stairs.
According to an agreed statement of facts, Elizabeth Osadca lay dazed at the bottom of the stairs for a few minutes before being able to quietly climb the stairs and then run to a neighbour’s house to call police.
Roman Osadca, who had already fled the home in a car, eventually crashed into a light standard near the corner of Carling Avenue and Moodie Drive. The light pole fell and hit another car.
Osadca ended up in the same emergency ward at the Queensway-Carleton hospital as his mother, who had suffered a cut to the back of her head, a bruised and swollen eye as well as a red, swollen bump and small cigarette burn to her forehead.
Elizabeth Osadca who court heard Wednesday doesn’t want her son to go to jail told police she was fearful for her life and believed that her son was going to kill her.
Following his arrest, Osadca admitted attacking his mother, telling police he “should have stopped after the first punch,” but never intended to kill her.
The day of the attack, Roman Osadca had learned his ex-girlfriend had married a man from the Dominican Republic. Osadca’s mother had discovered the information and told the woman to tell her son about the new relationship and he blamed her for what happened.
Police went to Elizabeth Osadca’s house afterward and found a large hole in the kitchen wall as well as a knife planted in the wall of the stairs leading to the basement.
According to an agreed statement, Roman’s father, Danny Osadca, told police that his son never had a good relationship with his mother, suffers from severe depression and doesn’t take his medication as prescribed.
Danny Osadca is the founder of the Osadca Group, a Nepean consulting group. He is also a former chief executive of Med Eng Systems.
Calling the attack a “once in a lifetime situation,” Roman Osadca’s lawyer Rod Sellar said his “extremely remorseful” client who apologized in court for his actions is receiving treatment for depression. Osadca, who has also pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, should receive a conditional sentence, Sellar argued. But assistant Crown attorney Shawn Eagles argued a six-month jail term was more appropriate given the prolonged nature of the “vicious attack” and the “profound breach of trust” in a child’s attacking his own mother.
Sentencing is set for Dec. 7.
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