TRURO, N.S. – When Karen Code saw her son, she was so shocked she had to leave the room.
Eventually, she pulled herself together and went back in. The injuries to 28-year-old Jason had left his face so bloody and swollen, he was almost unrecognizable.
“I couldn’t believe a human being had done that to another human being,” she said.
On Feb. 16, Jason Code had been dropping a friend off at a Walker Street address when he heard a disturbance. When he went to investigate, he found someone hitting a female, so he intervened. After he knocked the other man to the ground he went inside to visit his friend. But when he went out to go home he was attacked by a group of males.
“When the police were called to the area about another incident they found him on the ground, unconscious,” said Karen. “The hospital called around 9:30 p.m. and said he’d been injured. It’s a scary call to get, but I thought maybe a black eye or broken nose.
“His face was fractured in six places, including shattered eye sockets, and his jaw was detached. They kicked out three teeth, right through his lips. He can’t remember the attack, but there were no defensive wounds, so that was all done while he was unconscious.”
Around 1 a.m. Jason was taken to Halifax by ambulance. During five-hour surgery, metal plates were inserted around his eyes and in his mouth. Although he’s been spending most of his time around home since the attack, a few days after it happened he did go for a job interview.
“I put the word out that there is to be no retaliation,” said Karen. “The person who did this has a mother and I wouldn’t want any mother to see what I saw. Let the police and judge handle things.”
To help with the cost of replacing teeth – surgeons have recommended implants – medication, travel expenses and lost wages, a benefit dance is being held at the Horsemen’s Club on April 20 and a GoFundMe page has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/jason-code . This page includes quite graphic photos of Jason’s injuries.