A 25-year-old man was sentenced to a conditional discharge with 12 months probation for assaulting a woman in July 2013.
The sentence against Joshua Timothy George was handed down by Judge Wayne Gorman in provincial court in Corner Brook on Thursday.
The woman had been attempting to assist George’s girlfriend after the couple got into a confrontation outside a bar in Corner Brook.
Upon seeing the confrontation the woman approached George. He turned around and struck her with his fist in her jaw and forehead.
This knocked the woman to the ground. George then grabbed her by her shirt and struck her in the back of her head. The woman suffered bruising to her forehead and chin.
The police were called and George was arrested. He was described at the time as being “heavily intoxicated.”
The Crown sought a suspended sentence in the matter with 12 months probation and was opposed to the granting of a discharge.
While George recognized the seriousness of the assault and significant degree of violence involved, he asked for the discharge and 12 months probation.
In his written decision on the matter Gorman said that while the assault was a serious and violent one, George does not have a history of violence and has not committed any similar offence since July 2013.
He said the case was one in which rehabilitation is realistic.
“I view what occurred in this case as an isolated incident which is not reflective of Mr. George’s character,” wrote Gorman. “I appreciate the need for general deterrence, but I must also consider the impact that the entering of a conviction will potentially have upon Mr. George’s future.”
Gorman said the imposition of the discharge was in the interest of George, who works as a heavy equipment operator in Alberta, and not contrary to the public interest.