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Assailant admits stealing camera

Terrence McEachern
Northern News Services
Published Friday, September 23, 2011

A Yellowknife man guilty of a bloody assault against another man in front of the post office on Franklin Avenue also pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen camera on Sept. 20.

Floyd Dick, 34, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm on Sept. 9 and not guilty to possession of a stolen camera that went missing from the lunchroom at Bison Estates, but changed the latter plea during a video appearance in territorial court on Tuesday. Both offences took place on Aug. 26, 2011, in Yellowknife.

The assault took place in front of the post office at around 4 p.m. The victim was first treated at Stanton Territorial Hospital and then medevaced to Edmonton for further treatment for non-life threatening injuries. He has since been released from hospital.

Dick has been in custody since his Aug. 31 arrest.

Dick's sentencing for the assault charge had previously been delayed because his lawyer was having difficulty getting the victim's medical report from an Edmonton hospital. However, Latimer confirmed on Tuesday he has since received the medical report. Judge Brian Bruser set Oct. 4, 2011, as a tentative date for sentencing on both matters.

Latimer indicated that his client wanted the sentencing done sooner, and said the matter could be brought forward as early as today for sentencing.

Both offences are being treated summarily, meaning a lesser punishment than for indictable offences.

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