Assault on groom-to-be lands man suspended sentence

Ryan Ross
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Wayne Darcy McKenna, Sebastien Ayangma intervened when drunken groom made derogatory comments to woman outside Peakes Quay

Prince Edward Island provincial court

An assault on a drunken groom-to-be that left him with stitches and a cast at his wedding landed a man a suspended sentence Tuesday.

Wayne Darcy McKenna, 26, appeared before Chief Judge John Douglas for sentencing after previously pleading guilty to the assault.

The court heard that on the night of the incident, the victim was at Peake's Quay for his bachelor party a few days before his wedding.

While he was on the dance floor, the victim did or said something inappropriate to a young woman who then poured a drink over his head and told the bouncer what happened.

When the victim and his friends left at closing time they were walking on Great George Street when he saw the woman and made a derogatory comment about her.

The victim approached the woman and Sebastien Ayangma, who was also charged with assaulting him, stepped between them.

The victim shoved Ayangma, who pushed him back before they were separated. MacKenna and Ayangma, who were acquaintances, later assaulted the victim.

Several other fights were happening outside the bar at the same time and Crown attorney John McMillan said he couldn't establish which of the injuries MacKenna and Ayangma inflicted on the victim.

The victim ended up with stitches and had to wear a cast to his wedding because of a broken wrist.

Defence lawyer Alanna Taylor told the court MacKenna is an alcoholic and was drinking on the night of the assault.

She recommended he get the same punishment as Ayangma who Douglas gave a suspended sentence with one year of probation.

MacKenna also addressed the court to apologize for wasting everyone's time and said the assault was because of his addiction.

"No one else to blame but myself," he said.

Douglas then gave MacKenna a suspended sentence with one year of probation and ordered him to pay $100 to the victims of crime fund.

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Geographic location: Great George Street

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  • ugh. the dating game
    February 19, 2014 - 07:37

    We once saw a man threatening a wooden support pole. He was going to clean its clock. Drunks do not make any sense IMO Do not know which is worse, a drunk being insulting or drunks trying on the knight role. Bachelor one? Two? Three?

  • don
    February 18, 2014 - 18:45

    only on PEI you can get away with murder just by being a drunk or druggie. what a joke this government and the courts are becoming. the judges can only do so much but why not just give the criminal a free weekend at the holman hotel and all the booze they can drink. sick sick. to all islanders you read it yourself be a druggie or drunk and you can get out of jail free. the hospital bill should have been paid by the drunk not the tax payers. years ago you cause bodily harm you got at least 30 days in jail not today.

  • Disgusted
    February 18, 2014 - 17:57

    This Ayangma family just a bunch of trouble makers....first the father and then the kids, wonder if the country they came from would put up with these kind of people. PEI welcomed them but all they can do is waste the public's time.

    • Mark Mitchell
      February 19, 2014 - 01:33

      AGREED!!!!!

    • Mark Mitchell
      February 19, 2014 - 01:39

      How does Sebastien Ayangma . who has a record of assault after assault ... only get a suspended sentence .. something smells funny on this one

    • Victoria Ward
      February 19, 2014 - 08:40

      Before you cast a stone...look at yourself...I know and love this family...They are wonderful people...Eveyone makes choices in life...and stands up for those choices...or faces the consequences of them...Don't JUGDE...and never say THESE KIND of people....and ...add your name to your comments....

  • I Think
    February 18, 2014 - 17:40

    By the sounds of the story as told above : I think maybe the so called victim got just what he asked for . These two men should have never been charged , they done the right thing in sticking up for the actual victim (the woman)

    • don
      February 18, 2014 - 18:47

      women wants to be treated as equals, stand up for herself i have been told by a few ladies that they do not need a mans help for anything.

  • Mr Real Talk
    February 18, 2014 - 15:03

    How is the groom the victim if he started the altercation? Just because he lost the fight he started?

  • Puhleeease
    February 18, 2014 - 14:49

    It's mind boggling the amount of addiction related defences there are in cases today. Flavour of the week for counsel. Alcohol should come with disclaimers stating that if you engage in the use alcohol you understand the potential for addiction and therefore are bared from using it as an excuse for a crime. Drugs, because illegal, should carry the same statute by default.

    • jim
      February 19, 2014 - 09:19

      I bet if they were sticking up for your daughter you would change your tune. The only idiot in this story is the guy who started it all. He lost a fight he started and then pressed charges. Its embarassing. Drinking or not, those boys did the right thing. Can't win with the people on this island. If they didn't do anything has would be calling them cowards. Typical bored islanders chirping on the guardian website. Pogey opens up a lot of free time eh

  • Um
    February 18, 2014 - 14:36

    Um.. If the engaged man pushed the first guy to start the fight why is he not charged for assault?

  • Meghan
    February 18, 2014 - 14:30

    Pestering another woman all night and making derogatory comments to her right before he was supposed to get married. Boy... He sure sounds like a keeper !

    • Don't forget
      February 18, 2014 - 17:32

      And an alcoholic and violent when drinking I see father of the year award soon! Hope the new bride keeps him, not fair to let that one out so some other poor girl to get stuck with.