Dilbert Forbes had a hard time expressing his feelings, but his tears said it all.
The 55-year-old had just walked - with the aid of a cane - out of the courtroom Tuesday in provincial court in St. John's, where the man who savagely beat him and caused him brain damage was sentenced to a four-year jail term.
"I hope he learned a lesson from this," Forbes told reporters.
He wanted to say more, but was struggling to get the words out.
Dilbert Forbes hugs Crown prosecutor Lynn Moore while Forbes’ wife, Bridgette, looks on Tuesday after the man who assaulted Dilbert two years ago, William George Parker, was given a four-year jail term at provincial court in St. John’s.
— Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram
Difficulty communicating is one of the after-effects of the vicious assault.
It happened Oct. 3, 2011 at a worksite at the Bay Bulls dump. The man who assaulted Forbes was a co-worker - William George Parker.
A heavy-equipment operator, Parker, 38, had been training a new employee on a piece of machinery when Forbes noticed they had been standing on an unsafe part of the machine.
Forbes yelled and told them to get off. Parker refused.
When the man continued to insist they get down, Parker walked up to the man and punched him in the face. The man fell to the ground. Parker then kicked the man relentlessly with his steel-toed boots.
Once Parker calmed down, he helped Forbes to his truck to wait for an ambulance.
As a result of the attack, Forbes suffered a traumatic stroke. He ended up with brain damage that affected his speech and cognitive functions and caused a personality change. He's been unable to return to work.
"I won't be the same," Forbes said.
His granddaughter recently asked him when she would get her Poppy back. He replied he didn't know when he would be coming back.
Forbes got emotional when speaking about what he's been through.
Outside court, he hugged Crown prosecutor Lynn Moore, who told reporters she hoped Parker will get anger management counselling while behind bars.
Moore had asked for a three- to four-year prison sentence for Parker. Defence counsel Brian Wentzell said a sentence of 18 to 24 months was more appropriate.
But Judge David Orr refused to believe Parker could not foresee something so serious happening by such a brutal assault.
In handing down his decision on sentencing, Orr said the assault caused injuries that were "catastrophic."
Parker pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault, assault, mischief by damaging property and failing to attend court.
He was given 1.5 times credit for 90 days he's spent in custody. He must submit a DNA sample.
"I would like to see him suffer what I suffered. Then he'll see," Forbes said. "I hope it doesn't happen, but I know what I've suffered."
After her husband spoke, Forbes' wife, Bridgette stroked her husband's arm and said, "We're going to get over this hurdle."