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Prisoner sorry for attack in courthouse cells

'Won't do anything' if he runs into victim again, he promises judge
A young man apologized to a judge Tuesday for the part he played in an attack on another prisoner in the courthouse cells last month.

Alexandre Ethier and another man began kicking and punching the victim, and courthouse special constables had to intervene.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to assault in connection with the May 24 incident, which was captured on a security camera.

Assistant Crown attorney David Didiodato and defence counsel Jennifer Tremblay-Hall jointly recommended he be sentence to one-day time served (15 days).

Didiodato also asked that he have no communication with the complainant while he is incarcerated.

Tremblay-Hall said the two men aren't housed on the same range at the Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre.

"Either way if I run into him I won't do anything," the accused told Ontario Court Justice Melanie Dunn, before she imposed the sentence, adding "I apologize for my actions."

Ethier remains in custody on other matters.

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About the Author: Linda Richardson

Linda Richardson is a freelance journalist who has been covering Sault Ste. Marie's courts and other local news for more than 35 years.
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