Volume 93, Issue 1

Friday, May 14, 1999


BOG to Senate: reconsider med school tuition freeze

Bus pass universally confusing

Jungle yearbook mauls council

Flag on the Play - Mustang football player penalized for roughing

Tory budget gets mixed reviews

London's latest stabbing has fatal consequences

Rumours threaten school safety

Sun rises on new Weldon Library

Kill your T.V.?


In the city

Flag on the Play - Mustang football player penalized for roughing

By Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

After one broken leg, six court appearances and a final guilty conviction, the not-so-funny football prank which occurred in the J.W. Little Stadium parking lot last October has finally been resolved.

First-year Western Mustang football player Preston Haynes, who was charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm and with failure to stop at the scene of an accident, was convicted on May 3 on one count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm after pleading guilty, said Murray Neilson, defense lawyer for Haynes.

Neilson said Haynes' punishment is a five-month conditional sentence which includes 100 hours of community service. "A five-month conditional sentence is one that is served in the community so the person never spends a single second in jail," he said.

"He has also lost his driver's license for two years," said assistant Crown attorney Geoff Beasley.

Ian Munroe, the first-year engineering student at Western who was hit by Haynes' vehicle and suffered a broken leg, said he was pleased with the outcome of the case. "I think that what was handed out was very fair," he said. "I didn't want to see him go to jail."

After Haynes made a public apology in court, Munroe said Haynes spoke with him privately and offered a personal apology as well. He said Haynes' honesty in his guilty plea and apology were greatly appreciated.

"I just want to say that I apologized to Ian Munroe, my family, my friends, my parents, my team and my coach and that I look forward to playing [football]," Haynes said.

Although he has been convicted and punished by the courts, Haynes is still waiting on another verdict – whether or not he will be able to play football in the upcoming fall season.

Greg Moran, VP-academic at Western, said he has decided to leave this decision to Mustang head coach Larry Haylor and Chair of intercollegiate athletics, Darwin Semotiuk.

Haylor said no final decision has yet been reached due to Semotiuk's absence this past week, however, Haylor said he was pleased the decision has been passed onto himself and Semotiuk. "I think this is an athletics thing," he said.

Although Haylor said the decision is ultimately Semotiuk's, he hopes Haynes will regain his privilege to play for the Mustangs. "I tend to think Preston has paid – he's had a tremendously painful year," he said.

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