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Vancouver Man Gets Six Years in Prison for Assault That Left Gay Man Brain-Damaged

Shawn Woodward was sentenced today to six years in prison for an "unprovoked attack, driven by virulent homophobia," according to the judge, for an assault on 62-year-old Ritch Dowrey which left Dowrey with permanent brain damage.

The Vancouver Sun reports: Woodward

"Woodward, 37, punched Dowrey in the face in the Fountain Head Pub, a gay bar in Vancouver's West End, March 13, 2009, causing Dowrey to fall unconscious on to a tile floor. Woodward was charged with aggravated assault. Vancouver Provincial Court Judge Jocelyn Palmer rejected Woodward's evidence that Dowrey had touched his crotch before the assault. She said the evidence showed that Dowrey — who was celebrating his retirement that night — had twice approached Woodward and asked if he could buy him a beer and had merely touched his shoulder. However, Woodward responded: 'I'm not like that,' meaning 'I'm not gay,'" said the judge. As he was leaving the pub, Woodward sucker punched Dowrey and then stepped over him to get to the door, Palmer said. 'Mr. Dowrey had no opportunity to defend himself,' the judge said. Patrons held Woodward outside the pub and he told them Dowrey was 'a faggot' who deserved what he got."

According to friends, Dowrey now has no memory and is living in a care facility because he can't care for himself.

Said Dowrey's friend Lindsay Wincherauk: "Ritch on March 13, 2009, was this really super happy, fun-loving, good guy who encouraged everyone. Since the event, Mr. Dowrey has no recollection of today, yesterday, years before. He's happy to see you but he's not the same person ... it's like he died that day."

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  1. Not enough time, but enjoy prison anyway, bitch.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Nov 8, 2010 8:54:54 PM

  2. "I know. Let me go to a gay bar and then get offended when someone offers to buy me a drink!"

    Maybe you shouldn't go to gay bars to begin with asshole.

    Have fun in prison. I hope you get sucker punched yourself and someone makes you eat their shit.

    Posted by: Tell It Like It Is | Nov 8, 2010 9:19:16 PM

  3. This guy went to a gay bar to get into trouble. It's too bad that they rarely get into real a shattered sternum.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 8, 2010 9:24:11 PM

  4. GOODBYE to this piece of shit!

    People who know him have stated locally that he is a complete asshole!

    Have fun in prison asshole!

    Posted by: Marc | Nov 8, 2010 9:26:49 PM

  5. Again,as tell it said, "I went to a gay bar and got fucking offended when a guy was remotely forward with me." Fuck you. I hope you enjoy your prison boyfriends.

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Nov 8, 2010 10:01:46 PM

  6. Only 6 years? Where is the justice?

    Posted by: Uluwehi | Nov 8, 2010 10:45:33 PM

  7. he looks hot

    Posted by: mike | Nov 8, 2010 10:57:44 PM

  8. TO DO LIST: (1) Order soap-on-a-rope; (2) Get Martha Stewart's homemade shank recipe.

    Posted by: Ninong | Nov 8, 2010 11:10:11 PM

  9. Victim suffers fate worse than death at hands of killer bigot.

    Killer bigot forced to spend six years in really bad hotel with awful surface at government expense.

    Media sells advertising by covering it.

    We experience recreational outrage, throw up our hands in despair before before going back to sitting on them.

    And the beat goes on.

    Posted by: Bryan | Nov 9, 2010 12:25:16 AM

  10. Bryan,

    that is the way of the entire world. Tragedies are a blip on our radar. Instead of becoming depressed that bad people don't get what's coming to them we could all channel our energy into prevention of bullying, awareness, and spreading love.

    I know what you mean, though. I worked relief for years and would watch someone die, someone wonderful with a name, with joys and interests, and then less than a half hour later their bed was filled like they never existed.

    This world just keeps rolling.

    Posted by: Rin | Nov 9, 2010 7:41:39 AM

  11. That's it? Six years? While his victim has a lifetime of brain damage? Next time you're called up for jury duty make sure you show up. You could be member of a jury deciding a matter like this. I know YOU would make sure the criminal spent the rest of his life in the same tortured world he put his victim in.

    Posted by: OS2guy | Nov 9, 2010 11:10:46 AM

  12. I've never understood why criminals who cause permanent harm to their victims are not required to pay restitution for the rest of their lives, even if it's just to offset the cost to taxpayers.

    This man should never be free of what he has done.

    Posted by: BobN | Nov 9, 2010 1:37:56 PM

  13. The only fair punishment would be no prison time just give him a lobotomy.

    Posted by: richard s | Nov 9, 2010 4:22:14 PM

  14. But what was he doing at a gay bar if he did want to meet gay men?!!! I hope he gets what he deserves in prison- he looks like a major asshole.

    Posted by: jaragon | Nov 9, 2010 6:04:00 PM

  15. Six minutes in jail? What, the Ritz Carleton was full?

    Posted by: Wimsy | Nov 9, 2010 6:18:19 PM

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