A Truro man who fled to B.C. for a year to escape his sentencing for assault will spend the next eight months behind bars.

In a decision last week, Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Jamie Campbell ruled Gregory Ross Withrow couldn’t be trusted with a conditional sentence, despite the fact that he turned himself in willingly in January and hasn’t been in trouble since.

“People do stupid things. That is a fact of life,” Campbell wrote, but said he couldn’t give the 34-year-old another chance at freedom.


On March 26, 2005, Greg Withrow punched a man named Angus Withrow — no relation — and broke his false teeth, then tried to drag him out of the house and punched him repeatedly while he was down.

He pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm, but fled to B.C. before his April 13, 2006 sentencing date.

He returned to Nova Scotia and turned himself in Jan. 2, 2008. While awaiting trial, he held a job and lived by his court-ordered release conditions.

Greg Withrow will serve a year’s probation after his jail term. He’ll also have to pay Angus Withrow $870 to replace his broken false teeth.