TABER: Controversial charges were withdrawn in a Taber courtroom today.
46-year-old Joseph Bradley Singleton of Taber had been charged with assaulting a thief who broke into his home last May. He struck the man with a hatchet causing facial and dental injuries.
Singleton completed the alternative measures program and had the charges of assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm withdrawn by the crown.
As part of the alternative measures program, Singleton had to provide an admission of wrong doing, since the law states a homeowner must actually catch an individual in the act of committing the offence before he is legally justified to use force. However in this case, Singleton caught him immediatly after.
The program allows for a much lighter disposition, which results in no criminal record or incarceration.
Defence lawyer Douglas Carle says his client is very relieved the charges have been withdrawn.
Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 12/7/2013 1:23:57 PM
Source: Tristan Tuckett - Country 95 News