Justice is served. Today, Shawn Woodward, a 37 year old carpenter, was found guilty of aggravated assault by Judge Jocelyn Palmer in the Ritch Dowrey gay bashing that took place at The Fountainhead Pub on March 13th, 2009. Woodward had punched Dowrey after approaching him saying that he was not a “faggot” (God I hate that word). He said it was self defense, claiming Dowrey touched his crotch.
As a result of this attack, Dowrey suffered permanent brain damage and can’t take care of himself. The bashing sparked the “ENOUGH!” rally in Vancouver on Davie Street, where hundreds, if not thousands, marched in Dowrey’s name and in protest to violence against gays. Here was the footage we took of the emotional day.
The crown still has to decide as to whether or not it was a hate crime and Woodward faces his sentencing on October 22nd.