It turns out a former Regina police officer recently sentenced for assaulting an intoxicated man in 2012 was the victim of an assault by a different intoxicated man the same year.
Both cases wrapped up Feb. 14 in provincial court.
Michael Passmore received a 30-day sentence for four offences:
- punching then-constable Robert Kenneth Power in the face while Power was performing his duties.
- threatening to have a gang "cut up" a nurse while Passmore was a patient at a hospital psychiatric unit.
- theft and mischief at some Regina restaurants.
Court heard that Passmore, 22, is mentally disabled and was intoxicated when he assaulted Power in March 2012, some two months before Power assaulted the victim in the other case.
Power and another officer were dispatched to a Toronto Street address after Passmore's mother called to have him removed because he was intoxicated.
Passmore punched Power then kicked and screamed as officers placed him under arrest.
The judge noted that Passmore had already spent four months behind bars before he was sentenced to the 30 days.
The sentence also requires him to abstain from drugs and alcohol and attend all psychiatric or psychological assessments or treatments as directed by his probation officer.
The judge said Passmore needs to live in a facility that can cope with his complex needs, but currently there's no place for him to go.
In the other case, Power received a conditional discharge and probation for kicking a 48-year-old intoxicated man in the abdomen in May 2012, at a detox shelter, resulting in the man falling and hitting his head on cement.
The man was briefly hospitalized, but recovered.
The sentence means Power will not have a criminal record if he follows his conditions.
He's appealing his dismissal from the Regina Police Service.