Calgary Herald

Alleged ringleader in beating of homeowner awaits sentencing


COURTS • The alleged ringleader in the beating of a homeowner, in which the victim had a bottle of motor oil poured over him as the assailants threatened to light a match, faces prison time.

Crown prosecutor Frances Turner argued for three to five years for Nathan Canning, who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, forcible confinemen­t and mischief causing property damage against Olivier Waugh on Dec. 15, 2009.

Defence lawyer Ryan Claxton argued for two years, saying his client should receive the same sentence meted out to co-accused Bryan Lehman last month.

Court heard that a mutual friend had invited Lehman and Canning to the home at 4 a.m. that day.

When the two were asked to leave, they refused to go.

Instead, they grabbed Waugh by the throat, and began punching and kicking him in the head as he tried to get away. Waugh then ran to the basement, where the assailants used bottles and a mop to continue the assault.

They also broke a bottle over his head and threatened him with a hatchet, then doused him with the motor oil and threatened to set him afire.

Turner said after the initial assault, the two attackers went back upstairs where they “continued destructio­n by breaking the TV and computer and turning the residence into shambles.”

The blood-covered victim, fearing for his life, fled to a neighbour’s home to call police.

Canning will be sentenced on Tuesday.

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