Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

84 kicks, 3 stomps, 28 punches on victim

  • Print

The victim of a recent five-on-one broad-daylight beating suffered 84 kicks, 28 punches, three foot-stomps and was slashed in the face with scissors, leaving him badly injured and needing urgent surgery, a Manitoba judge was shown this week.

Winnipeg police were able to be so specific about the violence inflicted on a 49-year-old man at a green-space area near Higgins Avenue and Main Street after a bystander filmed the attack on "high-quality" cellphone video and turned it over to investigators, Judge Mary Kate Harvie heard Wednesday.

And now, one of the suspects accused of being a major player in the brutal Aug. 3 attack will remain behind bars pending trial after Harvie denied him bail.

Prosecutors allege Lawrence Laquette, 25, was recruited as "muscle" to take part in the assault. At the time, he was free on bail for gashing a relative in the face with a knife as she tried to break up a fight at a home on Manitoba Avenue -- an offence to which Laquette recently pleaded guilty.

"He's being used by the other players. And he's essentially acting on orders to attack this man," Crown attorney Adam Bergen alleged.

The aggravated assault charge he's facing has not been proven and Laquette is presumed innocent. There was no publication ban on the hearing.

Bergen said there was trouble brewing between the victim and others some time prior to the attack.

Someone phoned Laquette at his group home for people with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Oblivious to what was about to happen, group home workers drove him and dropped him off in an area near where the attack took place, Harvie was told.

Bergen played the video footage in court in hopes of keeping Laquette in custody on the basis he posed a risk to reoffend if given bail. "It depicts all of the players, exactly what happens," Bergen said.

"You've done enough, you've gotten me pretty good," the victim says at one point. A female co-accused produces scissors and takes a swipe at the man, according to Bergen.

"Stop, you're going to kill me," the victim pleads. "Yeah -- you're right I'm going to kill you," she replied, before slashing him in the face, Harvie heard.

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 13, 2013 A8

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

Comments are not accepted on this story because they might prejudice a case before the courts.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Your top TV picks for this week - December 8-12

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A Great Horned Owl that was caught up in some soccer nets in Shamrock Park in Southdale on November 16th was rehabilitated and returned to the the city park behind Shamrock School and released this afternoon. Sequence of the release. December 4, 2012  BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
  • A nesting goose sits on the roof of GoodLife Fitness at 143 Nature Way near Kenaston as the morning sun comes up Wednesday morning- See Bryksa’s Goose a Day Photo- Day 07- Web crop-May 09, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What's your take on the Jets so far this season?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google