Sentencing for Jordan Cushnie put forward to new year
The sentencing for a man who admitted to manslaughter for hitting and punching a 61-year-old store owner who was trying to stop a robbery has been put off until the new year.
Jordan Cushnie pleaded guilty to manslaughter and robbery on May 24. He admitted to repeatedly punching store owner Iain Armstrong in the face and head when Armstrong tried to stop Cushnie from robbing a cash box from a Southgate Mall kiosk on April 17, 2018.
Cushnie punched Armstrong six times when, after the final blow, Armstrong hit his head on the corner of the kiosk and fell down.
According to the agreed statement of facts, Armstrong went into cardiac arrest and was bleeding from a wound on his head. He died after being taken off life-support on April 20, 2018. His cause of death was found to be from blunt force trauma and injuries to his neck.
On Wednesday, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Eldon Simpson ordered a facts assessment report for Cushnie to be completed by a tentative date of Feb. 28, 2020.
Simpson previously ordered a Gladue report for Cushnie. Gladue reports examine systemic factors that may have contributed to an Indigenous person’s criminal behaviour.