New Brunswick

Moncton 'park golfer' guilty of assault, threats

Mike Delahunt, the so-called park golfer, has pleaded guilty to assault and threats in connection with confrontations over him golfing at Moncton's Victoria Park.

Mike Delahunt charged in two incidents involving confrontations over him golfing in Victoria Park

Moncton's so-called park golfer has pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm and uttering death threats.

Mike Delahunt, 30, entered the pleas in Court of Queen's Bench in Moncton on Thursday morning.

The charges stem from two separate incidents involving disputes over Delahunt golfing in Victoria Park.

Delahunt pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm against Fred Leidemer on Sept. 21, 2013.

He also pleaded guilty to uttering threats to cause death to Michael Walsh on Sept. 9, 2013.

Both charges were originally laid as indictable offences, but were downgraded on Thursday to less serious summary offences, which carry a lesser penalty.

Sentencing will be held in Court of Queen's Bench on Nov. 6 at 9:30 a.m.

Delahunt is scheduled to return to provincial court on Nov. 5 at 1:30 p.m. to deal with four other charges.

He is accused of violating an order not to be at the park. Leidemer has alleged he saw Delahunt golfing by the park on April 12.

Delahunt is also facing charges of assault, threats and breach of conditions in connection with another alleged incident involving Leidemer and eggs on May 28.

Delahunt remains released from custody on conditions, pending his sentencing.

During his previous court appearance in June, he had been ordered to attend the Moncton mental health clinic for an anger management assessment.

He must also stay out of all municipal parks and have no contact with Leidemer, or Leidemer's wife, Karen.

Leidemer had told CBC News his wife, Karen, was almost hit by a golf ball while walking along the park, so he confronted the golfer. He alleged the golfer shoved and punched him and he suffered a broken arm and a missing tooth.