Beating victim sentenced for firearms offence

Langley man remained silent about attack

A Langley man who refused to testify against the sledgehammer-wielding attacker who crippled him for life has been sent to jail for two firearms violations.

Tyler Willock was sentenced to 14 months by a Surrey Provincial Court judge on Sept. 22 for one count of “occupying a vehicle in which there is a firearm” and one count of “careless use of a firearm.”

The 30-year-old Willock was originally facing six weapons-related charges over a Langley incident that occurred July 21, 2008.

Charges of possessing a restricted weapons, two counts of possessing prohibited ammunition and owning a weapon without a licence were dropped.

Two months earlier, Albert Jacob Jackman was sentenced to 10 years for aggravated assault and five years for unlawful confinement in the March 2009 attack that broke practically every major bone in Willock’s body.

The beating splattered the walls and furniture of Willock’s Langley bedroom with blood.

He has not fully recovered from his injuries, court documents show.

But Willock never testified at Jackman’s trial.

He did not even file a victim impact statement.

One month before the beating Willock and another man, Fraser Sutherland, were fired on as they were leaving a Surrey night club.

The late-night attack happened about a block away from the T-Barz club on East Whalley Ring Road and 104 Ave when the Range Rover Sutherland was driving and Willock was a passenger in was struck by several bullets.

Sutherland suffered a shoulder wound, but managed to flee the area and drive to Langley, where he pulled over and called police.

The wounded man was taken to hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Willock was not injured.

A few weeks later, police announced charges of attempted murder against UN gangsters and associates Barzan Tilli-Cholli, Aram Ali and Karwan Saed for the attempted murders of Willock and Sutherland.

A few days after that, Willock was attacked in his home.

At his assault trial, Jackman said he tied up Willock and attacked him with a sledgehammer because he believed Willock had shown disrespect to a dead friend, Kevin LeClair, a Surrey resident who was gunned down at a Langley strip mall earlier that year.

Jackman is also serving a life sentence imposed after his conviction for first-degree murder in the unrelated death of Langley resident Kyle Barber in March of 2009.

 

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