Truro father handed jail sentence for 'gutless, cowardly attack' on his son


A father has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for what a Truro judge called a "gutless, cowardly attack" on his son.

The man, identified only by his initials in a decision released on Wednesday, was found guilty by Judge Al Bégin in the attack on July 7, 2017.

At trial, the judge ruled the man "struck his son in the head with a lunging elbow strike", "raised and pinned his son against the house", and "hook-punched his son in the head with such force that it lifted his son off of his feet".

Judge Bégin says the man maintained his innocence even after the guilty verdict until the very end of the sentencing hearing when he had an opportunity to address the court, and then only admitted to striking his son twice in the head with an open hand.

The Crown had been seeking a jail sentence between 90 and 180 days, while the defence sought a conditional discharge plus probation.

The judge noted, I understand that J.R.P. is in a precarious financial situation and that a lengthy jail term would result in his losing his home, so I will endeavor to craft a sentence that will show more compassion for J.R.P. than he showed for his child on July 7, 2017 and that will permit [the father] to continue working".

The 90 days sentence was to be served beginning September 13th and continue intermittently every weekend until the 90 days are served.

The father was also placed on probation for 30 months and is banned from owning a firearm for ten years.