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Appeal Denied for Man Accused of Running Down Another

Victor Lewin - Thursday, August 14, 2014

A 40-year-old Nova Scotia man who was convicted for running down his ex-girlfriend's male acquaintance in 2013 has been denied early release from jail. The North River man had sought the early release and to appeal the length of his sentence, saying that appeal delays are such that, by the time an appeal is heard, his sentence will be complete, making the appeal a moot point.

However, the judge did not agree with the man's reasoning, citing the fact that the man had pleaded guilty to a charge of assault causing bodily harm in order to avoid additional and potentially more serious charges. The man also pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to administer a noxious substance to the victim, related to a can of Pepsi containing prescription pills that the man had left on the victim's car.

According to reports, the man parked his car in a parking lot near the victim's car, waited for the victim to return and ran into him, throwing the victim into the air and causing him to suffer multiple injuries, including a head laceration. The man was convicted of assault causing bodily harm and is presently serving a jail sentence of nine months.

A person injured in a car accident is often left with pain and may experience significant financial losses. Depending on the severity of the injuries, surgery may be required, and long rehabilitation periods are not uncommon. Anyone injured in a car accident may want to discuss his or her situation with a lawyer who has experience in that area to see if it would be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit. If so, the lawyer could be helpful in filing the claim and representing the victim during proceedings.

Source: Truro Daily, "North River man denied appeal of jail sentence for assault causing bodily harm", Harry Sullivan, August 08, 2014

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