The pro-abortion Toronto man who roundhouse kicked a pro-life woman in a viral video last fall has been given eight months’ probation and a conditional discharge based on two charges of assault and one charge of mischief under $5,000, according to LifeSiteNews.
Jordan Hunt, 27, assaulted pro-life activists on two separate occasions last year. In August 2018, he was caught on video knocking over a sign during a pro-life event by the Canadian Center for Bioethical Reform in Toronto. He is said to have taken a sign from Sarah Dakin after he was unsuccessful in taking one from Samuel Sey. Dakin was knocked into a pole and cut her finger.
In the second attack, Hunt stopped at a Life Chain event on September 30, 2018, in Toronto and began to write on pro-lifers’ jackets with markers. Marie-Claire Bissonnette of Campaign Life Coalition began to record him with her cellphone and while speaking with Hunt, he suddenly roundhouse kicked her in the shoulder, then ripped her Life Chain ribbon and ran. That video went viral and Hunt was identified and lost his job. He turned himself in to police on October 6, 2018.
Justice Michael Block agreed to a joint recommendation from Hunt’s defense and Crown lawyers for eight months’ probation with the conditions of staying 100 meters away from any pro-life demonstration, not contacting the victims in the case, and attending counseling. Hunt must also pay $200 in damages to victims. In addition, Hunt had to submit a DNA sample as requested by Crown attorney Nathan Kruger, based on the fact that he had twice assaulted pro-lifers and fled on both occasions.
“Everyone should have the right to be without fear when they act on their beliefs,” said Hunt in a statement read by Block. “I sincerely regret that I chose such a poor way of expressing myself. My behavior was foolish and unacceptable, and I wish to apologize to the people I hurt. I want them to know that I learned a lot since these incidents. This behavior will not be repeated and I am truly remorseful for my actions.”
Kruger said Hunt proved this by entering an “early guilty plea.” He also noted that Hunt has “mental health and impulse control issues” which he has been working towards overcoming. It is also believed that Hunt may have been drinking at the times of the assaults which Block said could mean Hunt didn’t fully intend to hurt anyone.
Hunt’s assaults and mischief “occurred in a manner that intimidated people who were exercising their right to protest… and express their closely held views,” said Kruger. “[…] criminal courts are going to take that very seriously.”
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