In Taber provincial court on Aug. 19, a 39-year-old local man pled guilty to assault. James E. MacNamara was sentenced to one year of probation by Judge G.R. DeBow. A further charge of failure to comply with an undertaking was withdrawn by the Crown.
Crown prosecutor D. Vaughn Hartigan read the facts of the case into the record.
On the night of Aug. 7, officers of the Taber Police Service responded to a complaint from a residence in the community. Investigation revealed that the accused and his common law spouse had become involved in a verbal altercation while in the presence of a 12 year old child. Police learned this child had attempted to intervene in the argument, at which point the accused had grabbed and then pushed him away, constituting an assault.
MacNamara was charged with the offence.
The accused had been previously convicted of assault in 2005.
As conditions of his probation, MacNamara has been ordered to attend for assessment, treatment and councelling for anger management, domestic violence/spousal abuse, alcohol and substance abuse, and parenting skills.
Judge DeBow also issued a $100 victim-fine surcharge.