Wednesday April 16, 2014

Two patrons found guilty in bar melee

'Mr. Tweedhope’s actions went far beyond the scope of self-defence'

Two men who attacked fellow patrons outside Westsyder Pub were found guilty Friday of aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm.

Jean-Claude Auger was found guilty of aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm for attacks on two men while his friend Brian Tweedhope was found guilty of assault causing bodily harm on a third.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bruce made the ruling Friday following a 1 1/2-week trial.

The pair will be sentenced at a later date.

The fight occurred after four friends got off a courtesy shuttle bus operated by the pub. As they stepped off, Shawn Beaver got into an argument with Tweedhope who was waiting for a ride from the bus.

The two were nose-to-nose when tensions began to escalate. Moments later, Bruce said witnesses described Tweedhope on top of Beaver, straddling him and raining down punches on his motionless victim.

“Mr. Tweedhope’s actions went far beyond the scope of self-defence,” she said.

Meanwhile, Auger turned to see the fight, telling the shuttle driver he needed to help his friend Tweedhope.

Bruce found he waded in, raising his hands as if to calm the situation and then began punching indiscriminately.

He struck Glen Dondaneau, Beaver’s friend, as well as a bar patron who rushed out to break up the fight.

“Mr. Auger’s actions were not reasonable in the actual circumstances,” Bruce said, rejecting a claim he acted to defend Tweedhope.

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