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No conviction for Kamloops man who assaulted sister

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February 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops man who mixed pain medication and an antidepressant drug with alcohol before striking his sister will not have a criminal conviction on his record.

Crown prosecutor Iain Currie told Kamloops Provincial Court today, Feb. 2, Mark Richard Dore, 50, had been drinking alcohol on New Year’s Eve.

Mark and his mother got in an argument before his sister Lise-Anne Dore stepped in, during the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2017. Court heard Mark was agitated because he had mixed alcohol with the medication he was on.

His sister’s arm ended up being injured in the assault. Lise-Anne told the court that she still fears her brother.

Mark’s mother read a victim impact statement where she said she loves both of her children, but is disturbed after seeing Mark assault Lise-Anne.

“I love Mark, with whom I have a close relationship,” his mother said. She added she can no longer trust him to be calm and reasonable.

Currie sought a one year probationary period, while defence lawyer Jeremy Knight asked for a conditional discharge with a year of probation.

“He certainly never intended to cause so much fear and hurt toward (Lise-Anne),” Knight said. “He feels very badly about that.”

Knight says his client isn’t a heavy drinker and only had a few glasses the evening of Dec. 31. He said his client was mixing pain medication and an antidepressant drug with alcohol, and that led to his behaviour.

“My sister and I don’t see eye to eye often. It was kind of the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Mark said. “With the alcohol and the medication, I lost control.”

Provincial Court judge Stella Frame granted Mark a conditional discharge, but says Mark has a responsibility to manage his behaviour.

“When a person suffers from things like pain and depression, they have an obligation to manage it,” Frame said.

Mark is not allowed to be around his sister unless at least two other third-parties are present. He also must abstain from consuming alcohol while on probation.

“If you breach any of these terms you will be charged with a breach and you will have a criminal conviction,” Frame said.

Mark has put himself on a waiting list for an anger management course.


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