May 26th, 2017

City man sentenced to jail for bar assaults

By Shurtz, Delon on January 12, 2017.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

A Lethbridge man who assaulted and injured a man last August, then did the same thing to another man less than a month later, has been sent to jail.

Liam Guiomar Barreira was sentenced Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court to a year in jail on two charges of assault causing bodily harm.

Court was told police responded to multiple 911 calls Aug. 30 about a fight at a nightclub. When they arrived they found an unconscious person lying and bleeding on the ground.

Barreira, the Crown explained, had punched the victim and kicked him while he was on the ground. The man sustained broken bones and had to have his jaw wired.

Then the following month, Barreira, 22, struck a man who was standing outside a bar with his friends while they waited for a ride. Barreira punched the man once in the side of the face, breaking his cheek bone in three places. The victim woke up while he was lying on the curb, and had to have surgery to repair his cheek.

Although a sentence of one year – six months for each assault – was jointly recommended by both the Crown and defence, Barreira’s lawyer, Claudia Connolly, told court her client doesn’t recall kicking the first man, and he has a different view of the second assault. However, she acknowledged her client did assault the two men.

Connolly said Barreira has considerable support from his family, which is trying to help him work through his anger issues, and he is a “forthright, decent young man.” But like many men his age doesn’t stop to think about the consequences of fighting outside a bar.

Crown prosecutor Vaughan Hartigan noted Barreira has faced his share of difficulties in his life, and he agrees the young man has difficulty controlling his Barreira’s actions are particularly aggravating because he assaulted the second man while he was still dealing with the first assault charge.

Barreira, who was also sentenced to one day in jail on an unrelated mischief charge for kicking and damaging a door, must submit a sample of his DNA for the National DNA Databank, and he is prohibited from possessing certain weapons and firearms for 10 years and others for life. He was also ordered to make restitution of $3,000 in relation to the first assault.

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