Man gets four years for kicking co-worker in head with steel-toe boots

Published on October 15, 2013
William George Parker is pictured in court today. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

A man who kicked a co-worker in the head with steel-toe boots, causing him brain damage, has been given a four-year jail term.

William George Parker, 38, was sentenced this morning in provincial court in St. John's. He was given 1.5 times credit for 90 days he's spent in custody.

In handing down his decision, Judge David Orr said the assault caused injuries that were "catastrophic."

The 55-year-old victim suffered a stroke, and brain damage that caused a personality change. He has trouble communicating and was unable to return to work.

Parker pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault, assault, mischief by damaging property and failing to attend court.

The victim was in court and after proceedings told reporters that he hopes Parker will learn his lesson about this. Crown prosecutor Lynn Moore said she hopes Parker will get counselling for anger management.

Parker was charged as a result of an incident Oct. 3, 2011, at a worksite at Bay Bulls dump.

A heavy equipment operator, Parker had been training a new employee on a piece of machinery when the victim noticed they had been standing on an unsafe part of the machine.

The victim yelled and told them to get off. Parker refused.

When the victim continued to insist they get down, Parker walked up to the victim and punched him in the face. The victim fell to the ground. Parker then continued to kick the victim several times with his steel-toe boots. The victim suffered a traumatic stroke as a result.

In a previous court appearance, the victim told the court that his life has been severely affected by the assault. He has only partial movement in his hand, he walks with a cane, he has cognitive issues and has trouble speaking.