Violent assault results in jail time

Nancy MacPhee
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SUMMERSIDE — A violent assault that landed a man in hospital has earned a city man a 21-day jail sentence.

Jordan Patrick Gallant, 22, pleaded guilty recently in Summerside provincial court to a single count of assault causing bodily harm.

The incident took place on Nov. 28.

That night, Gallant was at a city bar and was drinking. He and the victim got into an altercation and Gallant ended up head butting the man in the eye, causing the victim to fly backwards into a brick wall.

The head butt injured the man’s eye, which was bleeding profusely. The victim ended up going to hospital and sustained an injury to his orbital bone. The eye was left swollen for days, resulting in the victim not being able to see out of his right eye for a few days.

Gallant had a previous related record.

“This is more serious than just a simple punch,” said Crown attorney David O’Brien, who requested time in jail coupled with probation.

Defence attorney Trish Cheverie argued that her client felt that he was provoked, adding that there were “several altercations” between the pair in the past.

“Thankfully, the injuries were not more serious,” said Lantz as he sentenced Gallant. “The head butt is a serious matter. As I’ve said in here time and time again one punch can be fatal.”

Lantz did allow Gallant to serve his 21-day sentence on weekends. Gallant will also be on probation for 12 months, during which time he must undergo assessment, counselling and treatment for any alcohol, mental health or anger-related issues.

He was also ordered to pay a $100 victim surcharge and to stay away from the victim.

Geographic location: Summerside

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