Student who attacked prof claims to have been high on mushrooms
By Nathan Woolridge, News Editor
Former MRU hockey captain Matthew Brown is accused of beating a professor with a broom handle after
breaking into her home last year.
The defense argues that Brown was high on magic mushrooms at the time of the attack, CBC News reported.
According to CBC, Brown was naked at the time of the attack and said police believe the MRU connection was a coincidence.
Brown is charged with two counts of break and enter, assault with a weapon and mischief.
A CBC article said the professor lived in the southwest community of Springbank Hill and that Brown was at a nearby party before breaking into the home and attacking the professor.
The professor in her mid-60s was attacked in her home had to get surgery as a result of the attack. The victim suffered a broken hand and suffered from torn tendons and bruising, CBC reported. She ran into the bathroom after the attack and locked herself inside before fleeing to a nearby house to call 9-1-1. Brown was arrested nearby, reports say.
Brown is originally from Truro, N.S., and had no previous criminal record, according to CBC.
The month after the attack, following a hearing, MRU ruled it would allow Brown to complete his degree, CBC reported. But, MRU will not permit him on campus to finish his classes.
The trial for this case is set to take place in November 2019.