Abbotsford man charged in courthouse scuffle with sheriff

Landy Falk was involved in the altercation in April during his sentencing hearing for assaulting a bus driver1

Landy Falk

Landy Falk

A man who was involved in an altercation with a sheriff at the Abbotsford courthouse in April has now been charged in relation to the incident.

Landy Falk, 27, has been charged with causing bodily harm and with taking or attempting to take a weapon from a peace officer.

He was also recently charged with breaching his probation for allegedly breaking a no-contact order after being released from prison.

The scuffle took place on April 3, when Falk was appearing in Abbotsford provincial court for a sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to assaulting a bus driver.

He also pleaded guilty to assaulting his former girlfriend and for uttering threats.

The attack on bus driver Dallas Warner occurred on June 25, 2013, when Falk punched Warner repeatedly in the face.

Warner had asked Falk to leave his bus because Falk had been verbally abusive to him earlier that day on the same bus.

The assault left Warner with permanent hearing loss in his right ear.

During the sentencing hearing, Falk was sitting in the prisoner’s dock while the Crown was making his submissions.

A few minutes into the proceedings, the sheriff who was sitting beside the dock stood up and told the judge that Falk had muttered something at him.

The judge agreed to adjourn the case for a few minutes and, after she left the courtroom, the sheriff moved into the prisoner’s dock to take Falk back to a holding cell.

A tussle soon ensued between the two, resulting in the sheriff pinning Falk down and several other sheriffs bursting into the courtroom to assist.

Among those witnessing the scene were Warner, several other bus drivers who had come to support him, and a news reporter.

The sheriff involved in the scuffle was taken to hospital with minor injuries, and Abbotsford Police officers were called to the courthouse to investigate the incident.

Falk’s sentencing hearing for the bus driver assault concluded on May 15, and he received eight months in prison, followed by two years’ probation. He was given six months’ credit for the time he had already served in custody, leaving two months of his sentence.

Falk was released from prison – mandatory release occurs after an inmate has served two-thirds of his sentence – and, on June 26, allegedly breached his probation.

He has been remanded in custody, and his next court date is scheduled for July 17.