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Assault by Social Worker

March 22, 2013 permalink

Social worker Vanessa Sturge attacked her boyfriend, grabbed him by the shoulders, pushed him into a wall and on the floor while he was not fighting back. Kamloops BC police traced the location of the victim's phone and broke up the fight. Sturge has pleaded guilty to assault. Don't ask how she treats children.

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Social worker beats boyfriend

A social worker who repeatedly punched her boyfriend and wrestled him to the ground pleaded guilty to assault Thursday in provincial court.

The guilty plea by 23-year-old Vanessa Sturge came after events on Feb. 24, when 9-1-1 emergency officials received several dropped cellphone calls from her boyfriend.

Prosecutor Will Burrows said emergency officials attempted to "ping" the open cellphone line to determine a location, which they tracked down to an 80-metre radius on Tranquille Road.

Several calls were made via cellphone.

"He said Sturge was punching him," Burrows said. "She continued to hit the complainant while he was on the phone. He could be heard saying, 'Let go of me.'"

RCMP eventually tracked down the pair at an apartment building.

A neighbour told police she saw Sturge grab her boyfriend by the shoulders, push him into a wall and on the floor.

"He wasn't fighting back at that time," Burrows said.

Sturge's boyfriend did not receive serious injuries and didn't want charges filed.

Defence lawyer Murray Armstrong said Sturge has a diploma in social work and was in a relationship with the victim for a year.

"She said she's never hit anybody in her life, other than this one incident."

Judge Hermann Rohrmoser sentenced Sturge to a conditional discharge, including a six-month probation. Terms include a ban on alcohol. She must also leave her boyfriend's presence on his demand.

"It's a pretty nasty assault," Rohrmoser said. "It seems to take you by a big surprise. There's probably more to it than I know."

Source: Kamloops Daily News

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