Sentencing today for pool cue assault at local nightclub

KAMLOOPS - A sentencing hearing will be held today for a TRU international student found guilty of stabbing another student in the eye with a pool cue.

Yousef Almotairi was found guilty of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon for offences committed at Cactus Jacks Nightclub in Kamloops last November.

In a B.C. Supreme Court decision, Almotairi was found guilty of intentionally stabbing the pool cue into the eye of Abdulaziz Alhedaib who was celebrating his birthday that night on the town in Kamloops. Alhedaib spent five months in hospital after the attack.

The two were both international students at the time and knew each other through school and mutual friends.

As a student in Canada on a visa from Saudi Arabia, Canada Border Services Agency has the ability to deport Almotairi, and a review is expected once criminal matters are dealt with.

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