FASD & the Justice System

R. v. Louie, 2012 BCPC 117 (Walker J.)

Guilty plea by Aboriginal 22 yo offender to assaulting a bus driver causing bodily harm (sucker punch) also assault with a weapon of driver’s son, assault police and breach – significant impact on victim’s quality of life – unsettled and traumatic childhood – FASD diagnosis, significant central nervous system damage and dysfunction – remorse and empathy – denunciation and deterrence important but can be accomplished by a conditional sentence