It’s one of those stories that makes you wonder “what would I do?”
A 23-year-old Starbucks employee was driving down Westsyde Road near midnight in March 2012, when she saw a young couple on the sidewalk. The young woman was hysterical and the boyfriend aggressive.
Kristy Waters stopped her car and intervened, trying to whisk away the young woman and stop what seemed to be an assault ready to happen.
A defence lawyer said at trial that while Waters’ intentions may have been laudable, she acted based on wrong impressions.
The young man in the incident, Isaac Parker, said he felt threatened. He fetched a stick and smashed it on her hood twice.
He said he was acting in self-defence, afraid Waters would abduct his 18-year-old girlfriend. He denied saying “how would you like this?” after striking the hood of her car.
If true, the action would constitute assault.
Judge Roy Dickey said he didn’t believe the young man’s evidence.
But there were inconsistencies — no doubt caused by the stress of the moment — in Waters’s testimony compared to her statement to police.
Based on that, Dickey ruled he could not find beyond a reasonable doubt that Parker said the threatening statement when he smashed the hood.
Parker earlier pleaded guilty to mischief for the event.
Despite his ruling, Dickey praised Waters’s actions. Parker had screamed at the young woman, hoping to enter the Calgary police force at that time, that the scrap was none of her business.
“Spousal and partner abuse is all of our business,” Dickey told him.
He praised Waters’s actions as compassionate and noble. While citizens shouldn’t become a citizen militia, we add our voice to that of Judge Dickey in praising the young woman.
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