December 12, 2013 - 12:38 PM
PENTICTON - Putting a rock in a sock was enough for a judge to convict a Penticton man with a weapon charge.
Provincial Court Judge Gregory Koturbash found Anthony Leonard Donald Samuelson, 20, guilty of assault with a weapon and aggravated assault for attacking another person last winter near the bridge on Front Street. The charge of possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose was stayed.
Koturbash said the victim's testimony was more compelling than the accused's. And putting the rock into a sock to use as a weapon is more serious than simply picking up a stick or loose stone.
The judge also agreed with defence lawyer James Pennington's assessment this was a case of alcohol plus testosterone equaling stupidity.
The now-convicted man sat quietly in court and was told to return on Feb. 12. Pennington's request of a psychiatric assessment for his client for a pre-sentence report was granted.
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