Concert slugging lands conviction for 60-year-old
By The Winnipeg Free PressNews Public Sector
A 60-year-old Winnipeg woman has been convicted of slugging a security guard in the face during an alcohol-induced tantrum on the floor of a John Fogerty concert.
Gloria Kirouac was convicted of assault this week following a one-day trial and was given a conditional sentence, provided she gets counselling for anger management.
The grandmother of five had denied any wrongdoing, claiming three staff members at the MTS Centre accosted her for no reason during the November 2014 event.
But provincial court Judge John Combs saw it differently, calling Kirouac’s version of events difficult to believe.
He favoured the testimony of the guard who was punched, several colleagues and a Winnipeg police officer who were all on scene and dealt with an intoxicated Kirouac.
He called her actions “belligerent and unpleasant” and said there’s no evidence MTS Centre staff did anything wrong by asking her to return to her seat after she got up to dance.
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