Shoesmith attacked by rival

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The man beaten senseless by a Liberal candidate in the last provincial election is now running for the Maverick Party in the next election.

Geoff Shoesmith, a gas station operator in the small town of Walsh, launched his campaign for the federal riding of Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner the same week as his political and business rival was jailed eight months for attacking him.

With time already served, Anwar Kamaran, will be released in 36 days.

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“On August 8, it is alleged that Mr. Kamaran assaulted a female in Walsh, and on August 9, assaulted two men.  All of the victims are from the same family,” the RCMP said in a release at the time

Kamaran pleaded guilty to six charges in June, including assault causing bodily harm for the attack on Shoesmith and the assault on Geoff’s son David. He also pleaded guilty to uttering threats and breaching a no-contact order. 

Assault victim Shoesmith and the Crown prosecutor Jase Cowan requested a “banishment clause’ to protect the Shoesmith family from Kamaran once he’s released, CBC reported.

But Provincial Court Judge Gordon Krinke said the order, which would have prevented Kamaran from going home and to his business in the tiny community about 50 km east of Medicine Hat, is “not appropriate. They proposed a 5 km no-go zone around the Shoesmith’s home and business, which is located across the road from Kamaran’s Walsh Save On Gas.

A court order will be in place before Kamaran is released to stay away from the Shoesmith family.

Court heard Kamaran’s attack on Shoesmith happened inside his rival’s gas station and was caught on a security camera. 

After going into the store, Kamaran dashed behind the counter and punched Shoesmith in the head, knocking him out. After falling to the floor he was punched several more times, remaining unconscious for five minutes, CBC reported.

Kamaran then left the gas station after the attack and went to the nearby Shoesmith home, where he punched David Shoesmith in the face.

Liberal beating victim in Alberta to run for Maverick Party

Kamaran Courtesy Alberta Liberals

Kamaran was the Liberal candidate in the riding of Cypress-Medicine Hat in the 2019 provincial election.

He finished dead last with 219 votes. The UCP’s Drew Barnes won the seat. He has since been booted from caucus and sits as an Independent.

A bio posted to the Alberta Liberal website said Kamaran “owns a Petro-Canada gas station in Walsh and also owns a trucking company. He speaks seven languages, has a fine arts diploma and is an accomplished musician. He is married with four children and in his spare time is a bodybuilder and kickboxer.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief

Dave Naylor is News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief of the Western Standard based in the Calgary Headquarters. He served as City Editor of the Calgary Sun & covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years.

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