A rally car champ from Ireland charged in connection with an assault that left a Maple Ridge father with serious head injuries is in trouble with the law in Richmond.
Police arrested Trevor Harding on warrant this week and laid additional charges of assault and uttering threats against him, only to have the charges stayed on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old is currently out on $2,000 bail for the Maple Ridge assault and his passport has been seized.
Police allege Harding injured 50-year-old Cordell Dame during a fight outside Shooters Bar on Dewdney Trunk Road around 2 a.m. on May 1.
Officers found Dame unconscious near a Husky gas station across from the bar near 207th Street.
Harding, a resident of Tipperary, Ireland, faces one count of aggravated assault.
Initially doctors believed Dame would not survive, but he has made a miraculous recovery after being in a coma for more than a month.
The 51-year-old is no longer in hospital and is now living in a group home in Langley. He can talk, but is still paralysed on his left side.
“He will never be the same Cordell,” said his older sister, Anita.
A trial for Harding is set to begin in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court in October 2012. He is bound by bail conditions which prohibit him from consuming alcohol or illegal drugs and possessing weapons.
He won the Irish National Forest Rally Championship in 2009.
• A trust account has also been set up to help the Dame family at TD Canada Trust. Donations can be made at any branch; quote the transit number 91040 and account number 6477277; address cheques to “Tina Dame”.