Man in Coma Following Brutal Alley Beating; Charges May Be Upgraded if Victim Dies

Kamloops, British Columbia – A brutal assault in a back alley has left a man in a coma, with the possibility of escalating charges for his alleged attacker. Mattheau Michael Myron Aldridge, 22, is currently facing one count of aggravated assault following an incident that took place in an alley in North Kamloops on May 8.

During a recent court hearing, it was revealed that the assault was captured on high-definition surveillance footage, which showed the victim, identified as Blake Wheeler, heavily intoxicated and struggling to stay on his feet. The footage depicted the attacker approaching Wheeler, knocking him down, and viciously attacking him, leaving him bloodied and unconscious.

As a result of the assault, Wheeler remains in a coma with brain bleeding, leaving prosecutors to contemplate potential charges against Aldridge, including manslaughter or second-degree murder, should Wheeler not survive. According to Crown prosecutor Bonnie MacDonald, the severity of the charges faced by Aldridge will depend on Wheeler’s recovery.

Despite efforts to have Aldridge detained, he was granted bail by provincial court Judge George Leven and will be required to adhere to house arrest conditions at his father’s farm in the North Thompson. Aldridge is scheduled to appear in court again on July 4 for further proceedings.

The incident has sparked concern and outrage in the community, prompting conversations about the safety and security of individuals in public spaces. The use of surveillance footage to identify and charge the alleged attacker has highlighted the importance of video evidence in criminal investigations.

As the investigation continues and the victim fights for his life, the case serves as a reminder of the devastating impact of senseless acts of violence in society. The legal proceedings surrounding the assault are expected to draw significant attention as the community awaits justice for the victim and accountability for the accused.