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Man sentenced for holding victim down on train track in Abbotsford

Rail-car operator had to use emergency brakes; narrowly missed victim
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An incident on Oct. 4, 2022 on the rail line at Gladys and Essendene avenues resulted in an Abbotsford man being charged. Edward Mackenzie has now been sentenced. (Google Street View)

An Abbotsford man has been sentenced to an additional year in jail for an incident in which he held a man down on a train track as a rail car approached.

Edward Ross Mackenzie, 49, was sentenced Tuesday (Jan. 16) in Abbotsford provincial court after he previously pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. An attempted-murder charge was stayed.

Mackenzie has been in jail since October 2022, and the judge sentenced him to an additional 388 days to be followed by two years of probation.

He was also given a 10-year weapons ban.

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The incident occurred Oct. 4, 2022 just before 11 p.m. on the rail line in the area of Gladys and Essendene avenues.

Police reported at the time that the operator of the rail car – used for rail maintenance – had to use his emergency brakes to stop, narrowly missing the victim. Police said the victim “although shaken was not injured.”

The suspect had run away, but officers quickly located him. Police said he was “non-complaint” during his arrest. Mackenzie was subsequently charged.

According to the provincial court database, Mackenzie has several prior convictions, dating back to 1997, for assault and breaching his conditions, as well as for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, assault with a weapon, theft, fleeing from police, driving while suspended, mischief, robbery, resisting a peace officer, break-and-enter and assaulting a peace officer.