Man fac­ing time in jail over at­tack

Penticton Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By JOE FRIES

Jail time likely awaits a man who ad­mit­ted Thurs­day to a sucker-punch at­tack in down­town Pen­tic­ton that left the vic­tim with se­ri­ous fa­cial in­juries.

Joshua Alexan­der McBride, 33, pleaded guilty to ag­gra­vated as­sault and ut­ter­ing threats on what was to be his first day of trial in pro­vin­cial court in Pen­tic­ton. He’ll be sen­tenced at a later date.

Court heard the vic­tim, a Pen­tic­ton man in his 20s whom The Her­ald has cho­sen not to name, was as­saulted while walk­ing with his brother and girl­friend on the 300 block of Main Street around 2 a.m. on Aug. 28, 2016.

McBride jumped out of a car, de­liv­ered a sin­gle punch to the vic­tim’s head, then got back into the ve­hi­cle and left the scene.

The vic­tim was knocked un­con­scious by the blow and fell face-first onto the pave­ment, break­ing the cheek and or­bital bones on the right side of his face.

“He’s since been seen by a sur­geon. He’s got a ti­ta­nium plate where the or­bital bone is. He has no feel­ing in the right side of his face where the plate is, bone frag­ments in the eye and has some blurred vi­sion,” said Crown coun­sel Kurt Froehlich.

“The prog­no­sis for that in­jury is still to be de­ter­mined.”

Froehlich said the charge of ut­ter­ing threats arose shortly af­ter the at­tack, when McBride’s girl­friend, who was driv­ing the car, sug­gested they call po­lice to re­port what hap­pened.

“Mr. McBride told her that if she called the po­lice he was go­ing to kill her,” Froehlich said.

De­fence coun­sel Bob Maxwell noted his client, who lives in Port Co­quit­lam and is free on bail, has no prior crim­i­nal record and the in­ci­dent is com­pletely out of char­ac­ter for him.

“He had been ar­gu­ing with his girl­friend in the car, and it got to a point where he got so frus­trated, be­cause he was on drugs and al­co­hol, that he jumped out of the car, ran over to this to­tal stranger, said, ‘Sorry, bud,’ and cold-cocked him right there on the street and jumped back in the car,” said Maxwell.

The lawyer then read out an apol­ogy let­ter to the vic­tim writ­ten by his client that stated in part: “I’m truly sorry for the event that took place and I’m truly sorry for the dam­age I’ve caused. What I did was hor­ri­ble and un­called for and I need you to know how shame­ful I feel.”

McBride said noth­ing dur­ing Thurs­day’s court ap­pear­ance, but ap­peared to wipe tears from his eyes as the cir­cum­stances of the of­fences were read out.

The vic­tim and his brother sat out­side the court­room.

Not­ing the like­li­hood his client will go to prison, Maxwell asked for a pre-sen­tenc­ing re­port that will delve into McBride’s back­ground to help the judge de­ter­mine a proper sen­tence.

Ag­gra­vated as­sault car­ries with it a max­i­mum sen­tence of 14 years be­hind bars.

The mat­ter is due back in court Jan. 3.

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