Mr. L. retained our office after being charged with assaulting his wife with a weapon. Things had become heated in the family home and an argument ensued as often did. During the argument, it was alleged that our client threw a boiling pot of water onto his wife. An ambulance was called and charges were laid. At trial, the defence argument was one of self defence. One fact which the complainant had failed to include in her statement to police was that she had brandished a knife and threatened to stab Mr. L. immediately prior to him throwing the pot of water. When this was learned the crown case fell apart and our client left the Calgary Court Center with his charged dismissed.