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Man given probation for Douglas Park attacks

Michael Hartley-Watts was given one year probation in the vicious beating of a  man and woman who were out for a stroll in Douglas Park on the Easter long weekend in 2013.

Hartley-Watts, 24, was sentenced on July 17 in Surrey Provincial Court. He was found guilty of assault and breaching probation conditions.

It was around 8:30 p.m., when David Norman, 63, was walking with a 65-year-old woman in Douglas Park. They came across a young man urinating on the sidewalk in front of them.

“I told him he should go urinate in the bushes or use a bathroom,” said Norman. “He then decided he was going to kill me.”

Norman described his attacker as 6’3” inches tall and around 230 pounds.

The attacker tried punching Norman but ended up tackling him to the ground, while another young man jumped in, kicking at Norman.

The attack left Norman with broken ribs.

He also had bruising and swelling all over his arms and hands where he protected his face and head.

Norman’s female friend told the men she was calling police, and that’s when the attacker went after her, punching her in the head and trying to take her phone, Norman said at the time. He said the incident traumatized her and he worried the courts wouldn’t take the attack seriously.

Langley RCMP said that a group of young men were out in the area causing mischief, with the one involved in the attack also allegedly responsible for kicking off the side mirrors of three vehicles in the area.

At the time of the attack and arrest, Langley RCMP said Hartley-Watts was well known to police.

His record reflects similar violence. In 2013, he was given a six-month conditional sentence and two years probation for assault with a weapon in an attack in Boston Bar in 2011.

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