|The Ottawa courthouse on Elgin Street in Ottawa.
OTTAWA — A 21-year-old man was sentenced to a year in jail Tuesday for savagely beating a stranger in a McDonald's, kicking a police officer in the stomach and randomly attacking tourists strolling along Sparks St.
Lee Davis had no criminal record before the "rash" of attacks in June and July.
It started on June 19 when Davis went to the Bank St. McDonald's where his ex-girlfriend worked — she'd broken up with him because he'd become increasingly angry and violent — and harassed her and yelled at customers.
When a bystander tried to calm him down, Davis threatened to kill him and then knocked him to the ground and kept punching him as he lay unconscious. The victim suffered a broken orbital bone, a concussion, facial lacerations that required stitches, two black eyes and bruises all over his body.
The victim wakes up soaking wet from terrible nightmares about the beating.
"It's hard for me to walk alone on the street," he said in a victim impact statement.
"If I am in a lineup my heart will start to race. If I feel that I am being followed, I start to run."
When police arrested him, Davis was so violent officers suspected he was on drugs. They took him to the hospital where he tried to smash his head on a gurney and kicked one officer then tried to bite him.
Davis was walking on Sparks St. a month later when he approached a couple from out of town, called the man a pedophile and then jumped him from behind and threatened to stab him. The tourist wrestled Davis to the ground and ran into a hotel as Davis yelled, screamed and threw garbage cans.
Released again, Davis has been in jail since Aug. 17 when he accosted his ex-girlfriend on the street.