Charge laid in assault on Alberni fisherman

A 21-year-old Alberni man is charged with assault causing bodily harm in an incident that left a 41-year-old fisherman with a broken leg.

A 21-year-old Port Alberni man is facing assault charges in connection with an incident that left a local fisherman with a broken leg.

RCMP Cpl. Jen Allan confirmed that Matthew Labidie, 21, has been charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm. Previous reports from the RCMP had incorrectly identified him as 41.

Two other males, both 17, also face one count each of assault causing bodily harm. They cannot be named because they are minors.

On May 12, three men assaulted Hupacasath First Nation member Bert McCarthy, 41, outside of the Petro-Canada Gas Station on River Road. He was taken to hospital with head injuries and a severely broken leg.

An off-duty police officer broke up the altercation. The men fled but police later tracked them down using security camera footage of the incident.

No charges were laid against a fourth man who was also at the scene.

All of the men are Port Alberni residents, Allan said.

They’re scheduled to appear in court on June 21.

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