Loved ones looking for help after Cowichan Bay man attacked, suffers cracked skull

A well-known Cowichan Bay couple needs help, after an attack at Pier 66 by two men on Tuesday, May 28 has left Anita Laminman travelling to hospital in Victoria to support her partner Jody, who is in a medically induced coma.

According to a GoFundMe page set up for Anita, Jody, 58, was airlifted from the dock in Cowichan Bay to hospital in Victoria after he sustained two cracks to his skull and suffered brain haemorrhaging. He was rushed into surgery to remove a piece of his skull to allow for the swelling, and also had to have a section of his left frontal lobe removed.

“Doctors anticipate that even after Jody wakes up, he will be in the hospital for many months — it could even be upwards of a year,” the GoFundMe page says.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP have arrested two men for assault causing bodily harm in the case. One is a 41-year-old man from Cowichan Bay and the other is a 49-year-old man from Sidney. Investigation has determined that Jody confronted the two men for allegedly urinating off the pier. In the ensuing physical altercation, Jody was hit by one of the men, then hit his head as he fell.

The two suspects in the case have been released from custody pending the outcome of the investigation.

“We have interviewed a number of witnesses and received cell phone video from one witness. We are asking anyone who has not already spoken to police and has information about this incident to call us,” said Inspector Chris Bear, Officer in Charge, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.

Jody has been working as a carpenter/handyman in the area, and Anita had just returned to work after a long medical leave, so this has created significant financial strain, the GoFundMe explained. Anita is also on a specific diet where she needs to eat regular meals throughout the day. “Other generous folks in the Bay have made sure that she has access to a 12-volt cooler that can be run through her truck,” the GoFundMe says.

Money raised will go towards gas, parking, vehicle maintenance and food, which is estimated to cost approximately $1,320 per month.

As of Wednesday morning, the campaign had raised $1,970 of a $2,000 goal.

Anita and Jody also both have boats in Cowichan Bay. To save costs, Anita is looking to take one of them out of the water and put it into storage, which Marlin Motors has generously donated. But to do it, Anita still needs access to a boat trailer for a couple of days. If you can help, contact the family through the GoFundMe (www.gofundme.com/help-fund-anitas-trips-to-the-hospital?fbclid=IwAR1oAJLGIDeRv0kN-Ps0NsfjdePR2fVyBJvbLEIoqbm1DfVjauQZDp8ryS4).

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Indigenous man behind complaint of BC Transplant’s alcohol abstinence policy has died

David Dennis, who is Nuu-chah-nulth, argued that six-month sobriety policy is a ‘lethal form of racism’

UPDATE: More details released on search for missing Vancouver Island hiker

Searchers scouring Strathcona Park near Gold River for experienced 65-year-old on 40-kilometre trek

ARTS AROUND: Alberni Valley artists come together at Rollin Art Centre

New exhibit features First Nations paintings and carvings

West Coast Hockey Prep Camp returns to Port Alberni, a little smaller

Prep camp owners rolling with COVID-19 changes, including smaller classes

A LOOK BACK: Port Alberni’s fireboats

Delve into the city’s past with the Alberni Valley Museum’s online digital archives

B.C. records 31 new cases, six deaths over three days due to COVID-19

There are 166 active cases in B.C., 16 people in hospital

Langford teens reunited with family after rescue near Chemainus

Friends spent night in missing truck, spotted by RCMP helicopter

B.C. homeowners plead for action on condo insurance crisis

Strata property fees growing bigger than mortgage payments

ICBC to resume road tests in July with priority for rebookings, health-care workers

Tests have been on hold for four months due to COVID-19

Restaurant to be converted into housing for people experiencing homelessness

BC Housing buys popular Campbell River eatery for $985,000 to serve as bridge housing

Urge travellers to follow COVID-19 rules in a ‘gentle way’: B.C.’s top doctor

Cases surging in the U.S. have B.C. officials hoping the border stays shut all summer

96-year-old woman scales B.C. butte with help of family, friends

‘I did as I was told and I enjoyed every minute of it’

Parallel crises: How COVID-19 exacerbated B.C.’s drug overdose emergency

Part 1: Officials say isolation, toxic drug supply, CERB, contributing to crisis

Most Read