Moncton nurse's suit against man who assaulted her in hospital to be heard next January

·2 min read
Randy Van Horlick, pictured in 2019, wasn't in court and and did not have anyone there to represent him on Monday, when a date was set to hear a civil suit filed against him by a Moncton nurse. (Shane Magee/CBC - image credit)
Randy Van Horlick, pictured in 2019, wasn't in court and and did not have anyone there to represent him on Monday, when a date was set to hear a civil suit filed against him by a Moncton nurse. (Shane Magee/CBC - image credit)

A civil suit filed by Moncton nurse Natasha Poirier against Randy Van Horlick, the man convicted of assaulting her while she worked, has been set for trial in January 2022.

Van Horlick was found guilty last November of two counts of assault and sentenced to six months in jail for attacking Poirier and fellow nurse Teresa Thibeault at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont Hospital in March 2019.

At the time, the Crown prosecutor asked for restitution on behalf of the victims, but presiding Judge Yvette Finn said the nurses would have to go to civil court for compensation.

Tori Weldon/CBC
Tori Weldon/CBC

Poirier had already filed her civil suit in August 2020. No dollar amount is attached, but her statement of claim says Poirier is seeking compensation for loss of income and future earnings, and damages for assault, battery, mental suffering, and pain and suffering.

"Having suffered through the ordeal that she has suffered through and being left with the injuries that she she currently has, it seems to me that she really does not have a choice but to make a claim," said Kelly VanBuskirk, the lawyer representing Poirier.

Poirier did not attend Monday's proceedings at Moncton's Court of Queen's Bench.

Van Horlick also was not present and did not have anyone there to represent him. He hasn't filed a statement of defence, VanBuskirk said.

At the criminal trial, Poirier testified that she suffered a broken nose, torn ligaments in her arm, a black eye and a concussion.

Her victim impact statement was read in court at the sentencing, it stated that she suffered chronic neck and arm pain, and her brain injury left her having trouble following conversations.

Poirier has not been able to return to work since the attack.

Justice Robert Dysart set the civil trial for Jan. 10 and 11.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting