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Jail for man who beat his grandfather

A man convicted of aggravated assault after beating his 75-year-old grandfather with a metal pipe has been handed a two-year jail sentence, but he will not be designated as a dangerous offender.

Gregory L. Ailles spent most of his time looking at the floor, showing no emotion throughout the proceedings, and only periodically lifting his head as Justice Alison Beames handed down her decision Friday morning at the Kelowna Courthouse.

While addressing Ailles, Justice Beames referred to him as intelligent, articulate, and troubled – someone who “seems to have been relatively stable and coping while in the current correctional situation.”

That is in stark contrast to the picture painted by authorities who say Ailles arrived at his grandparents' house in Penticton a few days before Christmas in 2008. After spending the holidays with them, he inexplicitly began beating his grandfather in the late evening hours of Dec. 28 or the early morning hours of Dec. 29.

Ailles is said to have beaten the elderly man with his fists and feet, and also a 9-inch solid metal bar in the head, chest, legs and groin. When his grandmother tried to intervene, Ailles punched her twice in the face, and then tied them both up with electrical cables and stole their car.

His grandfather spent 45 days in hospital and suffered multiple fractures, vision loss in both eyes and is now confined to a wheel chair and forced to live in a care home.

The Crown had been seeking dangerous offender status, prison and a 10-year supervision order, while Ailles' defence counsel argued for him to be released due to pre-sentence time already spent in custody.

Various psychiatrists and psychologists who dealt with Ailles testified that he “clearly had behavioral issues”, “suffered delusions”, and had “a high risk of future violence,” but that was not enough to sway Justice Beames decision.

Although she referred to Ailles' attack as “savage and vicious”, she felt the beating did not feature violence reserved for dangerous offenders.

Ailles will serve his sentence in a regional treatment centre that focuses on mental health. Once released, he will have a no contact order in place with his grandfather and his brother in law, and a lifetime firearms ban.

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