Assault charge puts ‘high-risk’ man back behind bars

A man determined to be a high risk to commit a sexual offence found himself back in jail after being released just over a month ago.

A man determined to be a high risk to commit a sexual offence found himself back in jail after being released just over a month ago.

Phillipe Poisson appeared at Penticton court Monday via video from Kamloops Regional Correction al Centre. The 19-year-old is charged with assault, assault with a weapon, theft under $5,000 and breach of undertaking or recognizance.

RCMP said on May 5 a resident reported a disturbance on Eastside Road and Highland Drive in Okanagan Falls. It is alleged Poisson was trying to take a rowboat from the water’s edge using a two-by-four as the oar.

“Allegedly the owner came to get the boat back and a fight began. Poisson is alleged to have pulled a knife and cut the person,” said Sgt. Rick Dellebuur.

Poisson was released on March 30 on a 24-month recognizance after serving time for two breach of conditions. During the hearing Judge Mark Takahashi found that Penticton RCMP concerns that Poisson was a risk to commit a sexual offence to a young person were valid. The recognizance put Poisson under several conditions in the interest of protecting the public. Poisson spent most of his life living in the U.S. until he came to live with his father in Penticton in April 2010.

Poisson is due back in court on May 18.