Judge has stern words for man accused of coffee assault

By Taylor MacPherson
July 17, 2017 - 2:00pm Updated: July 17, 2017 - 9:10pm

A man accused of throwing hot coffee in a hotel security guard’s face was given a harsh lecture this morning from a Prince Albert judge.

George Phillip Kasagan, 55, was arrested June 29. According to Crown Prosecutor Elizabeth Addabor, a security guard at the Prince Albert Inn spotted Kasagan staggering around the front lobby in the early hours of the morning. When the guard asked if Kasagan was a registered guest, Addabor said he became belligerent, began swearing, threw a hot cup of coffee into the guard’s face and took a swing at him.

Although the guard was hit in the face and chest with the hot coffee, Addabor said he was uninjured and was able to handcuff Kasagan and call police. According to his Legal Aid defence lawyer Rebecca Crookshanks, Kasagan has no memory of the alleged incident.

Judge D. Albert Lavoie granted Kasagan’s application for bail, but took the opportunity to deliver a firm warning to change his behavior.

“That is extremely insulting,” Lavoie said of the alleged assault. “You should be ashamed of yourself.”

Although the allegations have not been proven in court, Lavoie said the Crown has a strong case against Kasagan and told him to start acting like an adult.

“There comes a time when you have to start behaving,” he said. “Why are we as a society having to babysit you?”

Kasagan was released on an undertaking with conditions barring him from attending the Prince Albert Inn or any bars or liquor stores. He was also prohibited from possessing or consuming alcohol or non-prescription drugs. He will return to court August 17 to enter pleas.

 

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