By Shurtz, Delon on November 7, 2020.
Apparently Adrian Peraza doesn’t have a sense of humour.
The 19-year-old was fined $715 Friday in Lethbridge provincial court after he reacted unlawfully to a prank pulled on him last year.
Peraza was working at a fast-food restaurant Nov. 3 when a fellow employee thought it would be funny to completely encase Peraza’s car in plastic wrap.
Peraza didn’t appreciate the practical joke, and as the prankster left work Peraza and several of his friends began pushing him around. One of the assailants also punched the victim, although it wasn’t Peraza, Lethbridge lawyer David Cavilla insisted.
Crown Prosecutor Clayton Giles pointed out, however, Peraza was still involved in the incident and knew his fellow employee would be assaulted, making him just as accountable.
Peraza pleaded guilty Friday in Lethbridge provincial court to one count of assault and was fined $520. He also pleaded guilty to one count of theft under $5,000 and was fined $195.
Court was told Peraza and two individuals with him were in a sporting goods store Dec. 6, 2019, when Peraza selected a T-shirt and left the store without paying for it.
Cavilla said his client was not doing well around the time of the offences, but is doing better now and plans to attend college.
Peraza still faces additional charges of assault and failing to comply with an undertaking in relation to other matters. He returns to court on those charges Dec. 4.
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