A 12-minute assault and robbery has landed a Penticton man behind bars for just under two years.
Judge Meg Shaw called the incident that took place on March 28 at a Skaha Lake Place apartment, “vindictive.”
Ryan Joseph Patt, 25, and the victim had been dating a pair of sisters and occasionally socialized together. It was around 3 a.m. when Patt phoned the victim and asked him to pick up his girlfriend in Summerland where she had been drinking and fighting with her sister. The victim refused and Patt accompanied the woman in a taxi to a home in Penticton. An hour later Patt showed up at the victims door with an unknown man.
The pair delivered blows to the victims head resulting in a fractured orbital bone. The assailants then each grabbed a TV from the apartment before they left.
In her decision, Judge Shaw rejected Patt’s testimony that he didn’t hit the victim and suggested Patt was angry he had to deal with the victim’s “drunk and acting-out girlfriend.”
Crown counsel argued for a sentence in the range of three to five years, but defence counsel James Pennington said this was not a typical robbery and sought a sentence of two years less a day to put him in a provincial jail. He said Patt knew the victim and had been invited inside the apartment after announcing himself at the door. Pennington said the unidentified man initiated the assault and Patt was a participant.
Patt also was sentenced for a Aug. 18 mischief charge that occured when he was on bail for the other matter. Patt took a padlock attached to a string and threw it through a glass panel of a Penticton apartment before fleeing with two others on BMX bikes.
The three charges result in 722 days of jail for Patt. He received credit of 97 days for time spent in jail awaiting sentencing. Patt will be on a two year probation once he is released.