Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sentence in Assault Case Cut by a Day to Avoid Immigration Trouble: Appeal Court

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sentence in Assault Case Cut by a Day to Avoid Immigration Trouble: Appeal Court

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Sentence in assault case cut by a day

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TORONTO - An Ontario appeal court has reduced the jail sentence of a man convicted of assault by a day in order to sidestep a threat to his status as permanent resident.

Court documents show Nigel Frater pleaded guilty last year to assault and two counts of breach of probation and was sentenced to six months in jail, which he had already served while awaiting trial.

He was also sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to submit a DNA sample.

Frater launched the appeal after receiving a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada that said he was potentially inadmissible as a permanent resident because he had been convicted of an offence with a jail sentence of more than six months. …

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