A Mount Pearl man has been found not guilty of allegations he had chased another man and hit him with his car in August 2011.
Tony Raymond Nippard, 49, was accused of having an altercation with someone who had supposedly harassed his 12-year-old daughter and her friend while they were out walking their dog.
After his daughter told him she’d been followed while walking, Nippard got in his pickup, located the man and reportedly confronted him.
Police charged Nippard with assaulting the man, hitting him with his car and refusing to let him go.
However, in his decision on the case, Judge Colin Flynn wrote that none of the charges against Nippard had been proven beyond a reasonable doubt and found him not guilty.
Nippard is well known in the sports community. He is the president and founder of the Newfoundland and Labrador Tae Kwon Do Academy. He's a master-level competitor, a coach and member of the national board in the sport, and member of the coaching council with Sport Newfoundland and Labrador.
His lawyer told reporters that Nippard’s livelihood depends on him having a clean criminal record. If he’d been found guilty, it would have destroyed his life’s work and sole source of income.
For the full story on this case pick up a copy of Wednesday’s Telegram print edition.