British Columbia Sun

Man guilty to shoving 92-year-old to the floor at Vancouver 7-Eleven shop


Key takeaways: 

  • Jamie Bezanson, 52, seen on video pushing senior, gets a conditional discharge and year-long probation.
  • Fifty-two-year-old Jamie Bezanson was given a conditional discharge and a year’s probation after pleading condemnable to attacking senior Kaihong Kwong in March 2020.

Man charged with shoving of a 92-year-old: 

Almost two years after the incident happened, a man has pleaded guilty to attacking a senior at a 7-Eleven shop in Vancouver.

Jamie Bezanson, 52, was handed a conditional discharge and a year’s probation on Monday in B.C. Provincial Court was instructed to pay $100 to the victim, Kaihong Kwong.

Judge Donna Senniw also ordered Bezanson not to contact Kwong and two others implicated in the happening and not visit the East Vancouver shop where the incident occurred on March 13, 2020.

Bezanson was caught on video yelling at Kwong, 92 years old, and had dementia. He was then pushed from behind at the door to the shop, which forced him to fall to the ground outside and strike his head.

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Man pushes 92 year old to the ground at the 7-eleven store

Police say Bezanson escaped the shop soon after. He was arrested in July 2020 after being recognized by public members.

A representative for the B.C. Prosecution Service says there was “no reliable proof” that the assault was motivated by hate, despite police saying Bezanson had shouted racist comments regarding COVID-19.

As part of his release conditions, he must finish 20 hours of community service within the first nine months of his probation order. Kwong is the patriarch of a big family, with five kids, eight grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

His family said he healed well after the happening in the early months of the pandemic, and they were grateful to those who helped recognize his attacker so fast.

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