LETHBRIDGE: Two Calgary men accused of beating a Regional Police officer to the point where he received a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain, have been released on bail.
Judge LeGrandeur ruled that releasing 24-year old Aaron Head and 20-year old Raymond Joshua Asham would not erode the public's confidence in the justice system, and that they are not a serious risk to run or re-offend.
Head was released on $2,000 no cash bail, meaning he doesn't need to present it upfront. Asham however will remain in custody until he comes up with his $2,000 cash. Both men will stay in Calgary, Head with family and Asham with his boss. They'll be bound by a curfew and conditions to stay away from each other, with the exception of court appearances. They're also prohibited from entering an establishment where the primary purpose is the sale of alcohol.
In the early morning hours of February 23rd 31-year old Regional Police officer Norman Smith stopped two men walking down the road along South Parkside Drive. One of them ran but returned while Smith was arresting the second suspect, and attacked him. Both men then fled and were eventually located by Patrol officers and a K-9 unit.
As a result of the attack, Smith was taken to the Regional hosptial but had to be transported to Calgary with bleeding on the brain, a fractured skull, a broken nose and lacerations.
Both Asham and Head will be back in court May 6th.