Fight with relative lands man in jail
SUMMERSIDE — A Prince County man was sentenced in Summerside provincial court recently for assaulting another man. Travis Ryan Bruce Matthew appeared via video link from jail and pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm. Crown attorney John Diamond read the facts into record. On April 30, Matthew was at a male relative's home and the two were drinking. At around midnight, the two got into a verbal altercation that turned physical. In the assault, Matthew broke the other man's nose, caused a hematoma around his left eye and other bruising to his face. A victim impact statement said it took the victim four weeks to recover from the injuries. Matthew has been in custody since the assault. Defence attorney Thane MacEachern said Matthew’s relationship with the victim has not always been positive. When given the opportunity, Matthew apologized to the court and to the victim. Judge Krista MacKay sentenced Matthew to 120 days in jail for the assault. He was given 60 days’ credit for time served. After his release, Matthew will spend 24 months on probation during which he must stay away from the victim and get help for addictions and anger management as his probation officer deems necessary. Matthew was ordered to write a letter of apology to the victim. He must also pay $100 in victim fine surcharges.