BARRIE, Ont. -- A courtroom erupted in applause Thursday when a judge sentenced a local police officer to a year in jail for a vicious mall attack that was captured on video.
"This type of conduct will not by tolerated," Justice Lorne Chester said in sentencing Const. Jason Nevill. "Not now, not ever. This law applies to everyone -- me, the king and the common man."
Nevill received 12 months in jail for assault causing bodily harm, obstructing justice and fabricating the evidence in his notes to make the innocent victim look guilty.
The victim, Jason Stern, then 25, was returning to the Bayfield Mall to retrieve his lost wallet Nov. 20, 2010, when two burly security guards told him to wait for police because Stern's friend had broken a Styrofoam Christmas ornament earlier that night.
A seven-minute video shows the large, muscled Nevill walking up to the smaller Stern and within a few seconds he attacks him, throws him to the ground and continues the beating.