Guilty plea for assault and uttering threats

A man charged after an Abbotsford woman alleged she was threatened with a gun and sexually assaulted in early December has pleaded guilty to two charges.

A man charged after an Abbotsford woman alleged she was threatened with a gun and sexually assaulted in early December has pleaded guilty to two charges.

Craig Kenneth Morris, 41, will be sentenced Feb. 23 on charges of assault and uttering threats. His co-accused, Malinda Hewlett, 29, also appears before the court that day for a disposition.

In addition to the offences to which he has pleaded guilty, Morris was originally charged with assault with a weapon, using a firearm, forcible confinement and sexual assault.

Hewlett was charged with use of a firearm, unlawful confinement and assault.

Police were called to a apartment building in the 2400 block of Countess Street on Dec. 2. A woman said she had been confined in her apartment and threatened by a man she had known only for a few days.

The victim, 37, said the man had become violent and had used a gun to threaten her. He then called another woman to the scene, and she joined him in the assault.

The pair would not let the victim leave, but she was able to escape and run to the front door of an apartment building, where she buzzed several residences until someone answered and then alerted police.

Morris, who is currently in custody, has another case before the courts. He is scheduled to go to trial Feb. 28 on a charge of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm for an incident in September 2010.