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Guilty plea in Charlottetown tattoo shop assault

A broken window and the storefront of Extreme Ink on Kensington Road are boarded up Monday morning following a violent early morning altercation on Sunday.
A broken window and the storefront of Extreme Ink on Kensington Road were boarded up following a violent incident in December 2018. - SaltWire File Photo

Riley MacFadyen asks to remain in custody while awaiting sentencing

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

A P.E.I. man who was involved in an incident at a tattoo shop that led its owner losing part of his leg has pleaded guilty to assault.

Riley MacFadyen, 21, appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown Monday where he entered the guilty plea.

MacFadyen was initially charged with assault with a weapon and the matter was scheduled for a two-day trial his role in the Dec. 23, 2018 incident at Extreme Ink.

Instead of going ahead with the trial, MacFadyen changed his plea Monday to the lesser offence of assault.

Sean Michael Lombardi, 27, was also charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon for his alleged role in the incident.

The shop’s owner Donald (Artie) Gautreau had part of his leg amputated after one of the men allegedly pinned him against the building with a vehicle.

Gautreau was given a conditional discharge in May on a mischief charge in connection with the incident.

On Monday, defence lawyer Alex Dalton told the court MacFadyen wanted to be remanded into custody while he awaited sentencing.

Dalton also told the court MacFadyen was requesting a focused pre-sentence report related to substance abuse and mental health.

Douglas adjourned the matter until June 19 for sentencing.

Lombardi was not in court for his last scheduled appearance during which Douglas issued a warrant for his arrest.

The court previously heard Lombardi was working out West and had been notified he didn’t qualify for legal aid because of his finances.


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