Prison for 2 Canadians attacking gay man

17th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

Prison for 2 Canadians attacking gay man

Prison for 2 Canadians attacking gay man

17 October 2007

THE HAGUE - A Dutch court on Tuesday jailed two Canadian soldiers due to be posted to Afghanistan for an assault on a gay man in Amsterdam.

Eric Wright was sentenced to five months in jail and ordered to pay EUR 6,000 in damages and Ryan Dowie was given 45 days in jail, a court spokesman told AFP.

The two men, both aged 22 at the time of the incident, were arrested following a brawl in May in which a 28 year-old gay man was hospitalised with serious injuries.

The victim claimed he was attacked after the soldiers had asked him whether he was gay but the court found insufficient evidence proving this.

They were passing through the Netherlands at the time before heading to Afghanistan as part of Canada's 2,500-strong contingent in a NATO force fighting the Taliban.

[Copyright afp 2007]
Subject: Dutch news

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