A man has been jailed for a misguided act of chivalry in which he took part in beating a man who’d struck his sister.
That sister wound up trying to protect her brother during a brutal two-on-one pummelling by the men who’d come to her defence.
"She lay over her brother’s head, attempting to shield him," Crown attorney Grant Hughes said as one of the attackers was sentenced in Brandon provincial court.
Hughes said police were called to a home on the 1500-block of 26th Street on the afternoon of Oct. 16.
A man with head injuries was found lying on a mattress in the living room, surrounded by broken glass and furniture.
Brayden Lee Farquhar and another man, both covered in blood and highly intoxicated, were arrested nearby.
Hughes said a party was underway at the home when a man struck his sister during an argument.
Farquhar and another man then confronted the man who’d hit his sibling.
Farquhar’s accomplice struck the man, who then grabbed a knife to protect himself, Hughes said.
The armed man’s girlfriend took the knife away, but Farquhar and his accomplice attacked him.
They kicked and punched the victim, even after he’d fallen to the floor unconscious and his sister used her own body to shield him.
The victim was taken to hospital with a swollen face and received 11 staples to his head.
Farquhar also smashed the window of a vehicle as he left the home.
Defence lawyer Ryan Fawcett told court that, originally during the fracas, Farquhar was trying to defend himself and the woman who’d been hit.
Farquhar went too far when he hit the victim a couple of more times after he was knocked out, Fawcett said.
Fawcett added that, at some point in the melee, Farquhar was struck in the head with a table leg.
On Monday in Brandon provincial court, 25-year-old Farquhar pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm and mischief.
Judge John Combs imposed a sentence of three months in jail and one year of probation to follow.
That jail term will follow a previously imposed six-month jail sentence Farquhar received in December for another matter.
The other man accused of taking part in the beating is still pending on charges. His next court date is Feb. 18.