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Deer Lake man gets six months in jail for assault with tire iron

A Deer Lake man has been sent to jail for six months for assaulting another man with a tire iron last June.

Garry Edgar Gregory, 54, was sentenced in provincial court in Corner Brook on Friday. His trial on the charge of assault with a weapon took place on Tuesday.

In his written decision, Judge Wayne Gorman outlined the circumstances that led to Gregory being charged.

On June 14, 2017 Gregory went to the Rockwood Lounge in Deer Lake with a tire iron. He walked from the entrance to where his victim was siting and struck him from behind with the tire iron at least three times.

The two men had had an earlier altercation.

Gorman said the evidence presented at Gregory’s trial established the offence beyond a reasonable doubt. He noted that Gregory went to the lounge with a tire iron, thus an element of premeditation is present in the offence.

While Gregory sought a conditional sentence, Gorman opted to have the time served in prison.

Upon completion of his sentence Gregory will be bound by a probation order for a period of two years. He must have no contact with his victim and must attend or participate in any educational, counselling or treatment sessions arranged or recommended by his probation officer.

He has to pay a $100 victim fine surcharge to the court. He also has to comply with a DNA order and is subject to a weapon/ammunition prohibition for a period of 10 years.

Gregory still has other matters before the court and is scheduled to appear on a number of drug charges on Feb. 6.

He was charged with four counts of possessing a control drug or substances for trafficking, two counts of producing a controlled substance, two counts of failing to comply with a court order and one count of unauthorized possession of a firearm following the raid of an alleged marijuana grow operation in Cormack in October.

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