Fonyo’s fresh start turns rotten on domestic assault charge

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In spite of his pledge in January to stay “on the straight and narrow” cross-Canada cancer runner Steve Fonyo is back in court, charged this time with assault.

Fonyo, 46, is accused of assaulting his wife, Lisa Greenwood, on Sept. 5. He was released on $500 bail on Sept. 7. Fonyo is also charged with breaching his conditional sentence order for charge of uttering threats on Sept. 5

He is scheduled to appear in court again on those charges in October.

Fonyo lost his leg to bone cancer as a child and ran across Canada to raise money for cancer research in 1984-85.

He has since struggled with drug and alcohol abuse and has had a string of run-ins with the law that began shortly after that run, including charges of assault, fraud, theft, possession of stolen property and multiple driving-related offences.

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After spending 65 days in custody, Fonyo said in January that he was sorry and pledged to make a fresh start and stay out of trouble.

Judge Ellen Gordon imposed an 18-month sentence, plus 75 hours of community service and a five-year driving prohibition. She warned him that if he appeared before her again, he would finish his sentence in jail.

Greenwood has also had a number of brushes with the law, but according to online court records, she hasn’t had a court appearance since pleading guilty at the end of January to theft under $5,000. She was sentenced to seven days in jail and one year of probation.

In August Fonyo and Greenwood were in Victoria to celebrate their first wedding anniversary in the backyard of the retired florist who helped plan their special day.

Since then it seems as if their marriage has been on the rocks.

Greenwood says on her Facebook page that Fonyo is jealous of her male friends and they often fight about that and other things.

According to a Sept. 16 post, she said Fonyo was planning to leave her that night.

“Good Luck Steve, I hope you’ll be happy now without me,” she wrote.

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Attempts to contact Greenwood and Fonyo were unsuccessful.


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