Assault on RCMP officers earns 4-month sentence
A P.E.I. man was sentenced Thursday to four months in jail for assaulting two RCMP officers last month in Souris.
Desmond John "Robbie" Outhouse, 23 of Souris, will be on probation for two years after he gets out of jail, and he was ordered to stay away from the bar, outside of which the incident began. He also has to write letters of apology to the RCMP.
According to the agreed statement of facts RCMP were called to an altercation outside the Black Rafter, where there was a crowd of about 50 people, on May 18 at 2:15 a.m. The bar had previously served a "no trespass notice" on Outhouse and he was not allowed on the property. He had been drinking at the Legion earlier in the evening and arrived outside the Black Rafter around closing time.
After police arrived at the scene Outhouse was put in the back of a police cruiser, but began kicking at the windows with his feet. He was taken out in order to calm him down, and that was when the assaults occurred.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting a police officer, one charge of uttering threats, one of disturbing the peace, and one of resisting arrest.
In a victim impact statement, one of the assaulted officers said she was kicked and headbutted in the chest, and punched in the side of the head. She said she saw stars and was concerned she would have to use her sidearm.
The officer suffered a mild concussion and was put on light duty for two weeks. The other assaulted officer did not report any injury.
Outhouse, who consented to remain in custody after his arrest, told the court he was ashamed and disgusted by what he did.
Defence lawyer Mitchell MacLeod noted Outhouse was attending AA meetings and has strong family support. Outhouse has no prior criminal record.
In handing down sentence, provincial court Judge Nancy Orr cited the tragedy in Moncton as an indication of the dangers faced by police. Orr said the awful events in Moncton were not a factor in deciding on the four-month sentence, but said this incident is a reminder that P.E.I. is not immune to attacks on police.