Friends and family are mourning the death of a 57-year-old man who was attacked outside the Country Rose pub in Colwood last week after intervening in a domestic dispute.
Rick Green of Colwood died Sunday night at Victoria General Hospital, where he had been in a medically induced coma since the Oct. 8 incident.
Gregory Brotherston, 31, appeared in Western Communities provincial court Monday charged with aggravated assault. Although a bail hearing was scheduled to take place, defence lawyer Richard Neary asked that Brotherstons next appearance be adjourned until Oct. 29.
Brotherston will remain in custody at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre.
Judge Josiah Wood imposed an order on Brotherston, prohibiting him from contacting former girlfriend Kelly Sousa or William Corlett. Their roles in the case were not explained, but the Crown often asks for no-contact orders when someone has been a witness to an offence.
This means no contact whatsoever, no text messages, cellphones do you understand? asked Wood.
Brotherston replied: Yes, I do.
Outside court, Neary made a brief statement to reporters explaining the adjournment, saying Brotherston and his family wanted to allow Greens family to mourn their loss without any distraction from these court proceedings.
In light of Mr. Greens tragic passing just last night, its obviously not the appropriate time to be talking about, or even thinking about, whats going to be happening with my client, Neary said.
Speaking now with my client, his parents, his siblings, they all genuinely feel sorrow about what has happened and theyve asked me to extend their deepest condolences to Mr. Greens family and friends.
Neary said its too early to say what will happen Oct. 29.
Crown prosecutors are reviewing the evidence to assess whether the charge of aggravated assault will change.
Green was a well-loved fixture for more than 20 years at the Country Rose pub. He was born and raised in Toronto, served 25 years in the Air Force and moved to Victoria in 1991.
Green worked for B.C. Vital Statistics for the past 12 years. He is survived by his 22-year-old son Kevin, mother Ruth and sisters Tracey and Shelley.
Staff at the pub describe Green as a gentleman who loved to tell jokes. He was a huge Green Bay Packers fan and always wore his team baseball hat and jacket.
Last week, bartender Debra Evans said Green didnt have a mean bone in his body.
Hes always there to help you do anything, which is why he probably got into a situation he maybe shouldnt have. But he would do it again, Im sure, because he thought the woman was in trouble, Evans said. This was not the first time hes helped people out.
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