A veteran teacher at a private residential school in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island was ordered to pay $ 226,000 to a security guard he beat up over 13 years ago.
In a civil decision, a British Columbia Supreme Court judge concluded that the assault on Ralph Mackay Fraser was “a deeply painful, upsetting and upsetting incident”, which left the then-aged security officer 21 years old, lifelong injuries.
“It was, in short, a completely shameful incident. If the accused is a person of good conscience, he will be immobilized with shame every time he thinks about it,” Judge Robin Baird said in the March ruling. 2021.
Fraser, who pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm in 2008 and received a conditional discharge, was in his 50s when he committed the offense.
Fraser was escorted out of an event at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver on February 17, 2008, by 21-year-old security guard Andrew Thompson when he punched him in the face, permanently damaging the structure bone around Thompson’s left eye.
The ruling says Fraser had previously been involved in a fight at the hotel bar after drinking too much, and staff called security to fire him. He had attended an event with a number of people, including the principal of Shawnigan Lake School.
Lifelong injuries and shattered career dreams
The assault left Thompson unfit for weeks and in need of emergency facial surgery, according to the ruling.
Over a decade later, he’s living with metal gear fused into the bones of his face that causes him significant pain and discomfort when it’s cold outside and a screw directly under his left eye that’s painful to the touch.
In his ruling, Baird said Fraser was treated “extremely leniently” for an offense punishable by up to 10 years in jail.
“I would point out that [Andrew Thompson] was barely older than the students, most of them full-time boarders, who are entrusted by their parents to the care of the defendant every day of the school year, ”said the judge.
“I am amazed he was not fired from his job.”
According to the BC Teacher Regulation Branch, Fraser still holds a valid Certificate of Qualification and was only reprimanded for the assault in 2009 after admitting “conduct unbecoming a member of the College.”
Thompson, whose dreams of becoming an RCMP officer were abandoned by the punch, was awarded $ 60,000 in damages and $ 166,000 for his loss of ability to earn an income.