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Man to spend additional 16 months in jail for attack on Winnipeg teen

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A Gods Lake Narrows man has been sentenced to 16 more months in jail for an attack that left a Winnipeg teenager suffering permanent brain damage.

Eugene Captain, 23, pleaded guilty earlier this year to aggravated assault for the 2011 incident. He returned to court Friday for sentencing.

The Crown had been seeking six years total, while Captain’s lawyer argued he should be released immediately with time served and probation. Provincial court Judge Tim Preston gave Captain credit for 15 months behind bars, but said further custody was needed.

Captain has been deemed a high-risk to re-offend, has a prior criminal history of assaults and breaches and still struggles with alcohol addiction, court was told.

The case involves a late-night fight at a drinking party near a storm-retention pond in the 2900 block of Pembina Highway, between Killarney Avenue and Dalhousie Drive.

Captain and the 19-year-old victim were both at the party and intoxicated. When the young man left to get more to drink, Captain began kissing the man's girlfriend. When the man returned and saw what was happening, he kicked Captain in the head.

Captain then punched the man twice in the head, knocking him unconscious. Captain, who didn't want to leave the man alone in the field, carried him to a bus stop, all the while the man's girlfriend was hitting him.

Before Captain could get to the bus stop, he accidentally dropped the man, who struck his head on the sidewalk.

Captain fled the scene but was arrested later.

Police reports said the man was taken to hospital in critical condition. He now suffers from permanent brain damage, although it's not known whether the damage was caused by the punches or from being dropped on his head, or a combination of both.

While in custody for this charge, Captain was convicted in February 2012 for another aggravated assault and was given a six-month sentence. Captain had been free on bail on that charge at the time of this incident.

Lawyers told court Captain seemed to have a good upbringing in Gods Lake Narrows. His parents were strict and there were no reports of physical abuse, incidents of violence or drug and alcohol abuse in the home.

Despite the stable upbringing, Captain developed addictions to alcohol and gambling. A pre-sentence report stated he was spending $200 a week on poker games while on welfare, and said his friends have criminal records and some belong to gangs.

www.mikeoncrime.com

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