October 24th, 2020

Man charged with assaulting security guard seeking Legal Aid


By Shurtz, Delon on March 10, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A 29-year-old man who sprayed a security guard in the face with a loaded syringe made his first appearance in Lethbridge provincial court Monday.

Wade Allan Nicholas Cross Child appeared in person and sat quietly in the prisoner’s dock, while duty counsel simply asked to adjourn the matter until Wednesday to give the accused time to retain a lawyer through Legal Aid.

Cross Child is charged with aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon, stemming from an incident at the supervised consumption site March 3.

Just after 6 a.m. police responded to a report that a security guard working at the SCS in the 1000 block of 1 Avenue South had been assaulted by a client.

Security approached a man in the waiting area after he began to inject himself, and since drug use is only permitted in the consumption area, the security guard told the man to stop and go into the supervised area. The man became upset and shot the contents of the syringe – blood and other fluids – into the security guard’s face before he was taken into custody.

The 22-year-old guard was treated at Chinook Regional Hospital and released, but he will require ongoing treatment as a result of the exposure.

Police arrested the suspect at the SCS and seized the syringe.

Although the accused could have a bail hearing when he returns to court Wednesday, Crown prosecutor Erin Olsen told court she is opposed to Cross Child’s release and intends to revoke his bail on several other charges stemming from previous, unrelated offences, including robbery, drug possession and theft. Olsen noted even more charges are expected to be added to the list.

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ewingbt

This was an assault against a uniformed guard, known to have authority in that area! Sorry, but an example needs to be set here! Not onlycould the guard have had an unwanted high on drugs, but if this individual has HIV/AIDS/HEP C, it could be years before it surfaces, unless the treatment for exposure has changed and that is a life sentence of wondering if it will surface.
It is no different than using a weapon and in previous years/precedents, charges have been stiff when contaminated body fluids were thrown at someone. It would only take a small amount in the eye or mouth or nostril to transfer the disease and it is possible to contract that way!
It is time to take off the gloves!