By Nick Kuhl on March 14, 2020.
A 29-year-old man accused of spraying a security guard in the face
with a loaded syringe continues to resolve unrelated offences while he
waits to deal with charges stemming from the assault on the guard.
On Wednesday in Lethbridge provincial court Cross Child pleaded guilty
to a charge of breaching release conditions and shoplifting, for which
he received a short jail sentence. Then on Friday he was sentenced to
another three days in jail after he pleaded guilty to one count each
of drug possession and mischief.
Last year Lethbridge police responded to a drug complaint and found
Cross Child in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine. On
another occasion he tried to enter the front door of the homeless
shelter and was told to use the back door. When he arrived at the back
door, the agitated man kicked in a window.
Cross Child was fined $450, but chose to serve the default time of
three days in jail, which will run concurrently with a 30-day sentence
he is already serving.
The accused is scheduled to return to court April 2 on charges of
aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm and assault with a
weapon, stemming from the incident at the consumption site.
Just after 6 a.m. March 3 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 narcotics — 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.
Police arrested a suspect at the SCS and seized the syringe.
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