A home invader with an extensive criminal history who broke into a couple’s apartment in December of 2012 was brutally beaten by the residents.
Justin Lee Bradley couldn’t walk for eight months after the beating. In addition, he has developed a serious stutter, is prone to intense headaches, and has lost his sense of smell.
Now, Bradley has pleaded guilty to breaking and entering the couple’s home. His sentence for breaking and entering will run concurrently with a 5-year prison sentence he is currently serving for January 2013 drug trafficking charges. Thus, his jail time will be extended by an additional 13 months.
As Justice Robert Johnson said, “The facts warrant a significant penitentiary term.”
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In addition to ordering Bradley to give a sample of his DNA, Johnson also imposed a lifetime weapons prohibition upon him.
Around 6 a.m. on December 17, 2012, Bradley and two other men broke down the door of an apartment on Gorge Road East while a couple was sleeping in bed.
When the man in bed woke up, he saw the three masked men is his doorway. One of the assailants struck him and demanded that he turn over his wallet.
After handing over his wallet, one of the assailants asked him, “Where’s the rest of the money?”
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As this interaction was occurring, the man’s girlfriend was able to get out of bed and grab a metal baseball bat, which she used to strike Bradley on the head.
This prompted one of the other assailants to disperse pepper spray, whereupon a fight broke out.
When the man grabbed the baseball bat from his girlfriend and began to beat Bradley with it, the other two assailants managed to escape through a window.
The girlfriend has testified that she yelled at her boyfriend to stop beating the intruder. As defense lawyer Michael Munro recounts, “She said, ‘You’re going to kill him.’”
Bradley managed to flee to the bathroom. When police arrived, he was taken to Victoria General Hospital, where it was discovered that he had suffered a serious skull fracture.
“He’s now learning disabled,” said Munro.
“I’ve been losing for quite a while now,” said Bradley, who has no recollection of the events leading to the offense. “I apologize to the people and to the court.”
“I’d like to deal with it and get on with my life,” Bradley continued.
The boyfriend has expressed no interest in pursuing any complaint. During the hearing, the defense gave no sign that charges were ever considered being brought against the man or his girlfriend for the injuries inflicted on Bradley.
The judge noted that Bradley has “a deplorable criminal record”, with previous convictions of breaking and entering, assault, robbery, and multiple drug convictions.
Bradley was one of eight people charged in year-long drug investigation ending in the spring of 2007 that involved the production and trafficking of illegal street drugs such as cocaine, hashish and marijuana.
The 41-year-old man has spent 23 years of his adult life in prison.
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