Man will get three yr jail sentence for baseball bat beating in Victoria

Man will get three yr jail sentence for baseball bat beating in Victoria

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A 27-year-old Victoria man has obtained a three-year jail sentence for a brutal baseball bat assault in downtown Victoria.

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In response to a current Supreme Court docket of B.C. ruling, on June 1, 2020 Shelbe Drummond went to Our Place homeless shelter in Victoria armed with a baseball bat intent on attacking Gordon Koleszar — whom he knew and believed had attacked him in his sleep the earlier evening. Each males frequented the shelter.

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Justice Geoffrey Gomery mentioned Koleszar arrived outdoors the shelter a while later and as he was bent over to get one thing from his backpack Drummond started beating him with the bat on his head, face and shoulders. The assault was captured on video, which was proven to the court docket.

“It was a deliberate, extended, and brutal assault that came about in full view of onlookers on the sidewalk in Downtown Victoria on a sunny afternoon,” Gomery wrote.

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“Mr. Koleszar tried to crawl away and Mr. Drummond adopted as he continued to strike him. Your entire assault was caught on video. Mr. Drummond struck Mr. Koleszar 10 or 11 occasions. When the assault ended, Mr. Koleszar was prostrate on the bottom. Mr. Drummond dropped the baseball bat and left the scene.”

Drummond, who was born and raised in Swift Present, Sask., was arrested shortly after and located responsible of aggravated assault in a jury trial.

Gomery’s process was to find out a match sentence. The Crown wished a 3 to 4 yr jail sentence, whereas the defence wished a two-year non-custodial sentence.

Gomery heard that Drummond was now in a relationship with a lady and dwelling together with her and her son from one other relationship — who seen Drummond as a father determine. Court docket heard that Drummond and his associate had been additionally anticipating a baby. He has no historical past of substance abuse.

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Koleszar didn’t attend court docket and didn’t present a sufferer influence assertion.

In sentencing, Gomery thought-about that the assault was premeditated, that the sufferer was susceptible, that it came about in entrance of individuals susceptible to road violence and that he fled the scene.

“Mr. Drummond, you assaulted Mr. Koleszar and a sentence of three years in jail is the consequence,” Gomery mentioned in court docket.

“I urge you to proceed working at anger administration when you are in jail and to make the most of the applications that shall be supplied to you there. Keep in touch together with your mom, your daughter, Ms. Vent, and your mates from Our Place. Be the higher individual you wish to be. I believe that you would be able to. Good luck, sir.”


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