Pepper-spray attacker sentenced in Abbotsford

Christopher Baird was charged in November following a dispute with two people.

Christopher Baird

Christopher Baird

An Abbotsford man has been sentenced for a pepper-spray attack that occurred in November.

Christopher William Baird, 30, received a six-month jail term and two years’ probation on Monday in Abbotsford provincial court. He was convicted of one count of assault with a weapon.

A second count was stayed, as was a charge of uttering threats.

The charges stemmed from a dispute that Baird had with a 20-year-old woman and 32-year-old man in a parking lot in the 30800 block of Peardonville Road on Nov. 14. At one point during the argument, Baird used pepper spray and then fled the scene.

Police issued a warrant for his arrest and asked for the public’s help in trying to locate him. Baird was found five days later in an outbuilding on a Shore Crescent property after police received a tip.

His criminal background includes convictions for assault, theft and drug possession, according to the provincial court database.

In early November, Baird went on trial in Chilliwack and was convicted of possession of a firearm and carrying a weapon with ammunition. He was sentenced to 18 months’ probation and a lifetime firearms ban.