Man guilty of assault in violent Charlottetown attack over drugs

Jim Day jday@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on February 26, 2016
Trevor Acorn leaves provincial court in Charlotettown on Feb. 8 after testifying during the trial for one of the men accused of assaulting him.
Heather Taweel/The Guardian

A 36-year-old man was found guilty Friday of assault causing bodily harm for his part in a vicious attack over drugs.

Provincial court Judge John Douglas, however, found Michael Robert Bryenton not guilty of aggravated assault.

Bryenton also pleaded guilty to a breach of probation.

He will be sentenced March 11. He was remanded into custody.

Douglas says the victim, Trevor Acorn, came across as a believable witness.

Acorn testified Bryenton punched him in the eye at his boarding house in Charlottetown on Nov. 24, 2015.

He also testified Jeremy Joseph Cummiskey hit him in the head with a 2X6.

Acorn spent several weeks in hospital and was transferred to Halifax for treatment of injuries that included skull fractures. He lost an eye after the assault and has nine plates in his face and skull.

Bryenton and Cummiskey went to Acorn’s room looking for drugs, but two versions of events were presented in court.

In one, Acorn said Bryenton threw the punch unprovoked.

In the other, Bryenton said he didn’t punch Acorn and Cummiskey attacked without any provocation.

While the judge noted a lot of details are grey, he believes Bryenton punched Acorn.

Crown attorney Lisa Goulden said Acorn was adamant Bryenton hit him in the eye and believed that blow cost him his eye.

Cummiskey’s assault charges are still before the court.