A man who relentlessly kicked a co-worker in the head with steel-toe boots, causing him to suffer a traumatic stroke, will find out later this month how long he’ll spend in jail.
William George Parker will be sentenced Oct. 15. in provincial court in St. John’s. The 38-year-old pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault, assault, mischief by damaging property and failing to attend court.
At Parker’s sentencing hearing Monday, Crown prosecutor Lynn Moore recommended Parker be jailed for three to four years.
Parker’s lawyer, Brian Wentzell, recommended a sentence of 18 to 24 months.
Judge David Orr is the judge in the case.
Parker was charged as a result of an incident that happened Oct. 3, 2011, at a worksite at Bay Bulls dump.
A heavy equipment operator, Parker had been training a new employee on a piece of machinery when a co-worker noticed they had been standing on an unsafe part of the machine.
The man yelled and told them to get off. Parker refused.
When the man continued to insist they get down, Parker walked up to the man and punched him in the face. The man fell to the ground. Parker then continued to kick the man several times with his steel-toe boots.
The 55-year-old man suffered a traumatic stroke as a result.
In court Monday, the victim told the court that his life has been severely affected by the assault. He has only partial movement in his hand, he walks with a cane, he has cognitive issues and he has trouble speaking.
He told the judge that his granddaughter asked him recently when she would get her Poppy back. He replied that her Poppy would never be coming back.