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Kamloops man released from jail after assaulting girlfriend's former partner

October 18, 2016 - 1:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - A man who pleaded guilty to beating up his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend will be released from prison.

Melvin Tourond, 42, pleaded guilty in Kamloops Supreme Court Monday, Oct. 17, to one charge of aggravated assault.

In May of last year, Tourond had been living in a tent near the Thompson River with his girlfriend at the time. On May 12, her ex-boyfriend Kirk Unsworth went down to Tourond's tent, demanding his ex-girlfriend to pick up her things from the residence they once shared together.

Crown prosecutor Neil Flanagan told the court Unsworth began calling the woman names which caused Tourond to come out of the tent to see what was going on.

Tourond confronted Unsworth and an altercation ensued. Tourond punched Unsworth and didn't stop beating him after he fell to the ground.

"It ended with Mr. Unsworth on the ground at which point Mr. Tourond kicked him a couple of times," Flanagan told the court.

Court heard Unsworth admitted to police he shouldn't have been calling his ex-girlfriend names, but said he wouldn't have asked for a police investigation if Tourond had stopped assaulting him when he went to the ground.

Flanagan told the court Unsworth suffered serious injuries including a broken rib. Police described Tourond as being "cooperative" when they got to the scene and arrested him.

Tourond's lawyer Sheldon Tate detailed his client's "tough life" to the court, saying Tourond's cancer-diagnosed wife committed suicide earlier this year. He also described how Tourond's upbringing led to poor decision-making for the rest of his life.

"Mr. Tourond was very hard hit by that," Tate said. "His family history, frankly, is quite horrific."

He was adopted at the age of six, began drinking at the age of eight and became a ward of the court at 11 years of age.

Judge Hope Hyslop upheld the joint submission from defence and Crown, sentencing Tourond to one day in jail, in addition to the 96 days he has been given credit for.

He has been ordered to not be in contact with Unsworth and will be under a non-reporting probation for two years.

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