VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The bus driver in Burnaby who was viciously attacked last year and left with brain injuries will have to wait a little longer to learn his attacker’s sentence.
There was an apology in Vancouver Provincial Court today from Del Louie; he turned directly to Charles Dixon and his son Aaron to say he’s deeply sorry, that he’s ashamed, and that his drinking had become out of control. He added he’s trying to better himself by going to school and learning a trade, and is back in rehab.
Louie told the court that he saw a photo of Dixon’s injuries in a newspaper in the days after the attack at Edmonds Station and was horrified by the damage he caused. Outside court, Dixon said he accepts the apology, but still wants Louie in jail for at least one year.
“There has to be punishment,” he says. “I mean, it’s all well and fine after the fact to apologize and to say various reasons for why he did this and different things like that, but the actual fact is that he has committed a crime.”
Louie’s lawyer David Silverman is asking for a one-year conditional sentence. He wants leniency after the apology, a guilty plea, and because of what he calls Louie’s ‘troubled past.’ Louie is aboriginal and was born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Silverman says Louie’s mother and sister were drug users who stole from him.
Dixon suffered brain damage and a broken orbital bone in the attack. He’s been off work for nearly a year. His son, Aaron, happened to witness the attack and tried to stop it but was also assaulted and received minor injuries.
Because of today’s apology and new defence submissions, sentencing has been pushed back to April 3rd.
Louie passed reporters on his way out of court. When asked if he had anything to say, he briefly responded, “I’d like Mr. Dixon to know that I’m terribly sorry.”