Violent assault results in jail time

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SUMMERSIDE — A violent assault that landed a man in hospital has earned a Summerside man a 21-day jail sentence.

Jordan Patrick Gallant, 22, pleaded guilty recently in Summerside provincial court to a single count of assault causing bodily harm.

The incident took place on Nov. 28.

That night, Gallant was at a Summerside bar and was drinking. He and the victim got into an altercation and Gallant head butted the man in the eye, causing the victim to fall backwards into a brick wall.

The victim sustained an injury to his orbital bone from the head butt. The eye was left swollen for days, resulting in the victim not being able to see out of it for a few days.

Gallant had a previous related record.

“This is more serious than just a simple punch,” said Crown attorney David O’Brien, who requested time in jail coupled with probation.

Defence attorney Trish Cheverie argued that her client felt that he was provoked, adding that there were “several altercations” between the pair in the past.

“Thankfully, the injuries were not more serious,” said Lantz as he sentenced Gallant. “The head butt is a serious matter. As I’ve said in here time and time again, one punch can be fatal.”

Lantz did allow Gallant to serve his 21-day sentence on weekends. Gallant will also be on probation for 12 months, during which time he must undergo assessment, counselling and treatment for any alcohol, mental health or anger-related issues.

He was also ordered to pay a $100 victim surcharge and to stay away from the victim.

 

(TC Media)

 

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Geographic location: SUMMERSIDE

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  • don
    January 01, 2014 - 23:32

    Gallant should be made pay all medical bills. why should i as a tax payer cover the bills that a useless drunk caused? and what about pain and suffering for the victim? but he gets 21 days of a nice heated room,food etc and a fine of 100.00 what a joke again the laws are wrote o protect the guilty.

    • To don
      January 02, 2014 - 07:53

      You gotta find a hobby don. This kind of thing happens every day. It doesn't neccessarily involve "useless drunks" as you like to refer to this man. Heated exchanges are common. Unfortunately this person got hurt. It sounds like these 2 men have some kind of ongoing feud. I would say in this case neither guy is innocent. Just happens that the guy who caused more damage is getting the stiffer penalty. Don you are always on here judging the character of individuals you don't even know, so I am going to turn it around on you. I think you are a person who has no life outside of commenting on others on the Guardian web site. You do this because you are miserable in your own life. You have no ability to socialize with others on a normal level so you lash out on this website. Always seeing the negative and never the positive. You need help or a hug...either way you are in no position to judge others.