In a state of “gross intoxication,” Port Coquitlam Mayor Scott Young stormed into his ex-girlfriend’s gym on April 4, 2006 and started kicking and punching her new boyfriend, a Crown prosecutor said yesterday.

In the mayor’s pockets were two four-metre polypropylene ropes, similar to the one Young’s teenage daughter used to hang herself in 2002.

“There was an ominous overtone to what was going on that night,” Crown prosecutor Emmet Duncan said yesterday after Young pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and one count of breaching a court order to stay away from Colleen Preston, his ex-girlfriend.


The Crown is seeking a conditional sentence of nine to 12 months that would be served in the community.

Duncan said there is no way of knowing what was going on in Young’s head when the door to Preston’s gym — a converted-garage in her backyard — “whipped open” and the mayor ran in and began kicking Glen Shaw, her new boyfriend.

Shaw was lying on the floor doing crunches, but got to his feet grappling with Young, who Preston described as looking “wasted” and like a “different person.”

At one point, he broke free from Shaw and slapped Preston.

A 9-1-1 call made by Preston was played in court.

In it, Young can be heard in the background yelling “You wrecked my life!” and “You killed me!” Preston can be heard yelling, “You killed me!” and “You’re not allowed to be here.”

Preston began crying and ran from the courtroom as the 9-1-1 call played.

Young’s lawyer Richard Peck has yet to make his submissions. Four other charges against the mayor, including break and entering and criminal harassment, were stayed.

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