A P.E.I. man who said he was just going to zip up his victim’s jacket when he grabbed him was recently fined $500 for an assault on the stranger.
Michael Dawn Moore appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Georgetown where he pleaded guilty to one count of assault.
Reading from an agreed statement of facts, Crown attorney Chad McQuaid told the court that on June 3 the victim was walking home in Montague when Moore came up and grabbed him unprovoked.
McQuaid told the court Moore shook the victim, said he was going to beat him up and then shoved him.
The victim wasn’t injured and McQuaid said that to his knowledge, there was no history between the two men.
McQuaid said the victim was fearful that night.
Before hearing his sentence, Moore addressed the court and said he was sorry for what happened.
As he explained his actions, Moore said he saw the victim after going to get something to eat and wanted to introduce himself.
Moore said he was going to zip up the victim’s jacket when he grabbed him.
That led Orr to ask why he acted the way he did.
“It was just plain stupidity,” Moore said.
Along with the fine, Moore will be on probation for one year, during which time he is banned from contact with the victim.