British Columbia

Assault charge against B.C. MLA Pat Pimm stayed

An assault charge against B.C. MLA Pat Pimm was stayed today, as the former B.C. Liberal politician agreed to abide by a peace bond and to stay away from his alleged victim.

Northern MLA agrees to stay away from complainant

Pat Pimm was a B.C. Liberal MLA before he resigned from caucus in August, 2016, over an incident in Dawson Creek. (Facebook)

An assault charge against B.C. MLA Pat Pimm has been stayed following his appearance Monday in a Dawson Creek courtroom.

Pimm agreed to be bound by a peace bond for eight months, said  Daniel McLaughlin, communications counsel for the Criminal Justice Branch. 

MLA agrees to peace bond

"The terms ...include that he have no direct or indirect contact with the complainant except through legal counsel and that he not attend at any known residence, place of employment, place of education or place of worship of the complainant," said McLaughlin.

The complainant's identity is shielded by a publication ban. 

McLaughlin said the agreement was reached "after a full review of the circumstances and after consultation with the investigators and the [alleged] victim."

"The special prosecutor determined ... that the resolution was appropriate and fair and not contrary to the public interest," said McLaughlin.

Pimm wasn't charged in 2011 incident

This is not Pimm's first brush with the law.

In June, 2011, Pimm spent a night in jail after an incident in which Fort St John RCMP were called over a domestic incident. 

Two months later, a special prosecutor determined Pimm would not be criminally charged, because there was 'little likelihood of conviction.' 

Long-time northern politician

Although he's a former B.C. Liberal agriculture minister and deputy whip, Pimm served on Fort St John's city council for a dozen years.

First elected as North Peace MLA in 2009, Pimm is not seeking re-election in the upcoming election. 

Pimm resigned from the B.C. Liberal caucus last October and continued to sit in the legislature as an Independent.