Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Driver Can Keep Record Clean Following Assault at Manitoba Traffic Light

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Driver Can Keep Record Clean Following Assault at Manitoba Traffic Light

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Driver gets conditional discharge for assault

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BRANDON, Man. - A Manitoba man has been given a conditional discharge for an assault causing bodily harm that happened when a dispute between drivers boiled over at a Brandon traffic light.

The lawyer for Braeden Thomas Maxwell, 28, told provincial court his client over-reacted on Aug. 4, 2016, in the belief that the victim's driving had put his life in danger.

The victim was taken to hospital, bleeding from a five-centimetre cut to the back of his head.

Prosecutor Brett Rach says the victim is a mechanic and can't work because the head injury caused problems with his memory.

Court heard Maxwell had pre-existing mental health conditions that make him prone to being impulsive.

The two-year conditional discharge will allow Maxwell to maintain a clean criminal record if he abides by its conditions, which include anger management counselling and 80 hours of community service. …

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