Judo Sensei Assault Case Dismissed
A judge has criticized the Crown for gumming up the courts with minor cases and has stayed charges against a Richmond Hill martial arts instructor accused of assaulting his young students.
“The prosecution service still must do much more to effectively manage the number of cases that end up on their doorstep,” provincial court Justice Richard Blouin said in his ruling released this month.
The Newmarket courthouse judge, himself a former Crown attorney, threw out the case against Viktor Sokolovski because his right to be tried in a reasonable time had been violated.
Sokolovski, who operates the Tsunami martial-arts club, which largely caters to kids, was charged with eight counts of assault, five of assault with a weapon and one of uttering a death threat during dealings with five students.
He was accused of using physically excessive training techniques over several years.