A violent offender who used a baton to assault a pedestrian on the Overlander Bridge last month will spend nine months in jail for the attack.
Both the Crown and provincial court Judge Stephen Harrison noted the attack, using an extendable baton, would have been far worse if an off-duty sheriff had not intervened.
Derick Brown pleaded guilty Thursday in provincial court to assault causing bodily harm and possessing a false identity.
On Aug. 19, a father, his 14-year-old daughter and two other family members were walking across the bridge.
Brown, 25, was travelling on a mountain bike in the other direction.
Crown lawyer Frank Caputo said Brown gave the pedestrians “the evil eye” as he passed, prompting a stare down.
Brown then came at the father with an extendable baton. The first blow struck his thumb and the second smashed the man in the face.
But the off-duty sheriff, who happened to be riding on the bridge on his bike, intervened in the attack.
“He used the front tire of his bike to nudge Mr. Brown, who threw the baton in the river,” Caputo said.
Caputo asked for one year in jail for Brown, who has amassed convictions for robbery, assault and property offences.
Defence lawyer Don Campbell said Brown had “quite a different perception over who was giving who the evil eye,” but was nonetheless remorseful for what occurred afterward. He was high on drugs at the time.
Brown also told Harrison he wants to write a letter of apology to the family.
Brown is a First Nations man from Nova Scotia. While he quit school and left home in Grade 7, he has since obtained his Grade 12 equivalency while serving time in jail.
Harrison said he believes Brown is indeed remorseful and may have turned a corner in his life but the sentence must reflect that it was a random attack.
“There is no way around a jail sentence,” Harrison said.