Man facing time in jail over attack
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.