May 26, 2015 9:15 pm
Updated: May 27, 2015 10:10 am

Accused murderer had history of assaulting victim


REGINA – Court documents show the man charged in the death of Celeste Yawney, 33, had a history of domestic violence against the woman.

Duran Redwood, 26, faces a charge of second-degree murder after Yawney was found dead in her home by Regina police on Sunday morning.

Redwood had been charged with aggravated assault in 2014, but later pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of assault causing bodily harm in January. He was prohibited from living with Yawney and was ordered to take a domestic violence course.

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Friends say Yawney and Redwood were in an on-again, off-again romantic relationship.

Redwood is due back in court on June 1.

Women’s shelter work

Perhaps even more troubling about the murder is that Yawney had helped other women move away from violent situations in their own homes while working with the Regina YWCA.

Amy Stensrud, the YWCA’s managing director of housing, says Yawney’s case shows how complex domestic violence is.

“It really can effect anyone. I don’t know anyone that is immune from it,” she said. “Certainly, Celeste had a lot of knowledge and understanding about domestic violence.”

“But just with anyone, myself included, it could happen to anyone.”

WATCH BELOW: Kim Smith speaks with friends of Regina’s 4th homicide victim of 2015

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