A landlord is B.C. has been slapped with a $300,000 fine after assaulting one of his tenants in a drunken stupor, according to the B.C. Supreme Court.
Nachatter Singh Jhulley, from Mission, B.C. received his sentence from Supreme Court Justice Nigel Kent after he concluded that he used a metal pole to strike Jeremy MacKay, his tenant at the time.
The assault, according to court documents, came following an argument at the home that Jhulley rented to MacKay’s wife and also follows a dispute that the landlord previously lost a month prior in a bout with the Residential Tenancy Board.
According to the docs, MacKay testified that he was watching TV at the home when he started receiving threatening phone calls from Jhulley, who later drove over to the home to confront the tenant.
Jhulley tried to hit MacKay, who had stuck his head out the front window, with a metal pole after MacKay told him to “f--- off,” according to the documents. Jhulley used the pole to hit the tenant and the two tussled until the landlord was arrested.
He was charged with three offences: assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm and uttering threats. The judge found that the landlord was not acting in self-defence as he alleged and was indeed the instigator of the incident.
MacKay, who was hospitalized following the assault, suffered permanent headaches, dizziness, balance problems and fatigue, according to court documents.
The judge awarded MacKay a total of $349,202 but sliced it to $297,000 after finding that MacKay was partially to blame for coming out of the house to confront Jhulley instead of staying in the house to avoid confrontation.
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