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Accused attacker knew Jiu-Jitsu

The man accused of a violent assault on a doctor in the psychiatric unit at Penticton Regional Hospital last Friday is an accomplished martial arts champion.

According to a local MMA Facebook page, Gregory Nield was the BC provincial heavyweight blue belt champion in Jiu-Jitsu and absolute silver medalist in 2012, and had a great showing at the Western Canadian Championships 2013, with a double gold in blue belt adult.

He was also the 2013 world heavy weight bronze medalist.

Nield's feats have also been featured in local newspapers in recent years.

Erik Lund, an instructor at the Jiu-Jitsu studio on Wade Avenue and also a Penticton lawyer, is currently defending Nield in the assault case. He declined to comment on the situation.

Interior Health spokeswoman Grace Kucey declined to comment on how long Nield has been a patient, stating that is private information. Nor would she comment on the condition of the doctor who was attacked on Friday.

Nield's first court appearance on the matter was Tuesday in Penticton.

As he entered the courthouse, he shouted to the media that his rights have been taken away and he has not been allowed to shower or brush his teeth.

He then added that the sheriffs had been very nice to him.

Judge Gale Sinclair ordered a psychiatric assessment for Nield, and for him to be held for a maximum of 30 days at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam.

His next court appearance by video is scheduled for Jan. 7. 

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