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Shale gas protester pleads guilty to assault

An Elsipogtog First Nation man has been sentenced to 18 months of probation, been ordered to stay one kilometre away from any shale gas exploration equipment and not to participate in any shale gas protests following an assault last August.

Peter Augustine, 19, given 18 months probation and banned from shale gas protests for 1 year

An Elsipogtog First Nation man has been given 18 months of probation, ordered to stay one kilometre away from any shale gas exploration equipment and not to participate in any shale gas protests following an assault last August.

Peter Augustine, 19, pleaded guilty to assault on Monday.

He was accused of assaulting a security guard on Aug. 6 on private property in Stilesville, near Moncton, where shale gas exploration equipment was being stored.

The victim in the assault, a 60-year-old man, was not injured.

Along with the conditional discharge and probation, the court barred the teen from being within one kilometre of shale gas exploration equipment and from attending any protest in New Brunswick related to shale gas.

Augustine isn't the only shale gas protester to plead guilty to charges related to shale gas protests last year.

Jason Augustine, 34, was also given a conditional sentence and 18 months probation last week and ordered to stay away from protests and shale gas exploration equipment.

He pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer, two counts of obstructing a police officer, and one count of mischief in connection with a protest near Rexton on Oct. 17.