Police officer assault case wraps up

A Chillwack man was found guilty in a Castlegar court after assaulting a Nelson police officer this summer.

  • Dec. 20, 2011 6:00 a.m.

A Chillwack man was found guilty in a Castlegar court after assaulting a Nelson police officer this summer.

Joost Van Ens was found guilty of assault causing bodily harm and two counts of wilfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer. The 32-year-old was sentenced to 11 months in jail after assaulting Constable Paul Bayes in July.

He will face numerous conditions as part of a three year probation order including regular checks by mental health to ensure he is continuing to take medication for his schizophrenia.

The attack which left Bayes with a broken nose and concussion occurred after Van Ens had been released from a mental health facility in the Lower Mainland.

Van Ens was spotted drinking on the sidewalk and became violent when Bayes and another police officer arrested him.

 

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