Windsor

Man pleads guilty to assault of gay man

One of the two men accused of beating and robbing a man in downtown Windsor, Ont., has pleaded guilty to one charge.

One of the two men accused of beating and robbing a man in downtown Windsor, Ont., has pleaded guilty to one charge.

Chris Rabideau is known for the play he wrote and produced called Waking Up Blue about the real life experiences of gay teens.(CBC News)
Chris Rabideau was attacked at his apartment building on Ouellette Avenue last year.

One of his attackers, Michael Allard was in court on Friday and pleaded guilty to assaulting Rabideau in the lobby of his building on May 21, 2010. The attack, showing Allard kicking the victim while he was on the ground, was caught on a security camera in the lobby area and was played in court on Friday.

"It was pretty significant evidence," said defence lawyer John Liddle.

Rabideau's doctor also testified to the extent of his facial injuries from the assault.

There are more charges against Allard, and his co-accused Steven Lambert. Lambert is on trial for assault causing bodily harm and choking, and both men are facing robbery charges. The charge of forcible confinement was withdrawn.

Both accused pleaded not guilty to the remaining charges.

Rabideau, a gay man, alleged the men yelled homophobic slurs when they assaulted him. He was scheduled to take the stand on Monday afternoon in Superior Court.

Rabideau is known in the community for the play he wrote and produced called "Waking Up Blue" about the real life experiences of gay teens.

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