Three Trail firefighters charged with assaulting homeless man

Kyra Hoggan
By Kyra Hoggan
November 30th, 2023

Three Trail firefighters are facing charges after allegedly attacking a homeless man, according to Trail RCMP NCO/ic Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

Charges were laid Wednesday in Rossland Provincial Court against Gregory Ferraby, Richard Morris and Wesley Parsons, with one count of assault each.

“The man was allegedly punched in the head several times, may have lost consciousness, and had a serious shoulder injury,” Wicentowich said, adding the victim is a 49-year-old Trail man who was living in his car at the time.

He said the man has since recovered from his injuries, and now has housing, thus is no longer living on the street or in his car.

None of the men were on duty at the time of the alleged assault, which took place happened on April 23 in the alley of the 900 block of Spokane Street.

“This is in no way representative of Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue,” Wicentowich said adding the three men knew the victim and that the alleged attack likely stemmed from a previous altercation.

All three men will be appearinng again in Rossland Court on Dec. 7

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On Sunday April 23, 2023, at 9:00 p.m., a frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP officer received a report that a 49-year-old Trail man was assaulted by three men in the alley in the 900 block of Spokane Street, in Trail, BC. The officer located the man who had sustained serious injuries on the ground in the alley. The man said he was assaulted by 52-year-old Trail man and two accomplices when he was taking his garbage out to the dumpster in the alley. The man was allegedly punch in the head several times, may have lost consciousness, and had a serious shoulder injury. The man was transported for medical treatment to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital.

An officer located the 52-year-old Trail man and arrested him. He will make his first appearance on June 22, 023, in Provincial Court, in Trail, BC.

The victim and attacker were known to each other. The other two men remain outstanding at this time. Trail RCMP continues to investigate the incident.

Trail RCMP is requesting anyone with information who witnessed the attack, or knows the identity of the two outstanding suspects, contact the Trail Detachment at 250-364-2566 to speak to the investigator.

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