Sentencing in assault charge will wait for completion of a pre-sentence report

Waiting on a pre-sentence report for assault case.

Christopher James Lowe pleaded guilty to one charge of assault with a weapon in Ponoka Provincial Court on Friday, August 7 but he will not be sentenced until late October.

The case was adjourned to October 30, at 9:30 a.m. in Ponoka for sentencing to allow for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

The facts as read into the court record by crown prosecutor Rod Clarke, and agreed to by the defence were that on April 8, 2015, at approximately 8 p.m., two members of the Ponoka RCMP attended to a call at the Oasis Motel in Ponoka.

When they arrived, they saw a lone male, identified as Christopher Lowe, separated from a group of six people by a car.

One of the witnesses approached the officers and said that Lowe was in possession of a metal pipe. The officers obtained a search warrant for unit 122, which was occupied by Lowe, where they found a knife, which played no part in the incident, and between the mattress they found a metal pipe that was approximately 18-24 inches long and Lowe was put under arrest for assault with a weapon, and fail to comply an undertaking.

Clarke then added that witness statements said that a mother and her daughter had arrived at the Oasis Motel where they got into a loud conversation with the son which attracted the attention of Lowe, who then got into an argument with the mother. The daughter then came out of the car to the defence of her mother. Lowe returned to his room and then came back out carrying a metal pipe described as being 18-24 inches in length. He was holding the pipe cross ways in what was described as how a hockey player would hold a stick to check with. He approached the daughter and one witness described the swing as being towards the head but missed. A second witness described the swing as being towards the head, but that Lowe stopped the swing short.

The defence lawyer stated that Lowe did have a drug problem at the time, and suggested that a pre-sentence report would be helpful.