Violent attack in Nitinat nets man 12 months probation

Despite having been found guilty for violently attacking someone, Terence Fretts has little to fret about. After trying to scratch out his adversary’s eyes and biting his thumb, Terence Fretts has been set free without jail time or monetary charges.

  • Aug. 8, 2011 12:00 p.m.

After having been found guilty for attacking someone with his fingernails and teeth

Despite having been found guilty for violently attacking someone, Terence Fretts has little to fret about.

After trying to scratch out his adversary’s eyes and biting his thumb, Terence Fretts has been set free without jail time or monetary charges.

Initially charged with assault causing bodily harm, Fretts was found guilty, Friday, July 29, of the lesser charge of assault.

The guilty verdict came with a suspended sentence of 12 months and a probation order of 12 months with conditions.

The incident itself took place August 1, 2009, in Nitinat.

The lengthy court process included three bench warrants issued against Fretts.

Driving privilege revoked, again

For driving while prohibited, Damien Firman has ensured he remains prohibited from driving for the next year.

Firman was pulled over by Lake Cowichan RCMP, April 9, 2011, during which time he blew a warning, indicating he had a blood alcohol level of between .06 and .08.

On Tuesday, August 2, he was found guilty for driving while prohibited, and issued a $750 fine, banned from driving for one year, and issued a victim surcharge bill of $113.

Other appearances

• Two men are facing trial related to a July 13, 2010, theft of $5,000 or under in Caycuse.

Initially, three men were facing charges related to the incident,  until the case against Bernard Barlow was dismissed as a result of a lack of evidence, Thursday, July 28.

The co-accused, including Paul Brooks and Allan Blyth, are set to fix a date for trial, Tuesday, August 9.

• A bench warrant was issued against Nicholas Bennett, Tuesday, August 2, at the Duncan Courthouse.

Bennett had been scheduled to fix a trial date in relation to April 1, 2011, charges of uttering a threat to cause death or bodily harm, and uttering threats.

Both alleged incidents took place in Lake Cowichan.

Ryan Mouldey was also scheduled to appear in court, in relation to charges stemming from an alleged April 1, 2011, incident of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, and uttering threats.

A bench warrant has been issued against Mouldy.

• Facing charges related to drunk driving, a bench warrant through the Duncan Courthouse has been issued for Andrew Linklater, Tuesday, August 2.

Linklater faces charges related to a March 23, 2011, incident of allegedly caring for or controlling a vehicle or vessel while impaired, and caring for or controlling a vehicle or vessel with a blood alcohol level of over .08, in Lake Cowichan.

• A bench warrant was issued for Phillip Chupik at the Duncan Courthouse, Wednesday, August 3.

Chupik had been scheduled to appear in court to fix a trial date for charges stemming from an alleged March 1, 2011, assault in Lake Cowichan.

Ashley Desrosiers will appear for trial at the Duncan Courthouse, September 6 of this year, to face charges related to an alleged March 18, 2011, incident of assault with a weapon in Honeymoon Bay.

Much of the information presented in this article is according to the Ministry of the Attorney General’s website.

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