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article imageMan arrested after bishop severely beaten in BC

By Lynn Curwin     Oct 23, 2010 in Crime
Kamloops - A 30-year-old man was arrested after a 69-year-old Roman Catholic Bishop was severely beaten in a rectory in British Columbia Friday night.
Bishop David Monroe was assaulted at the rectory of the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Kamloops on Friday, and suffered serious head wounds.
Around 10:15 pm, RCMP responded to a call about a man who had forcibly entered the rectory and committed an assault.
They found the bishop bleeding on the floor and a priest with a dislocated a shoulder. The injured men were taken to the Royal Inland Hospital and the RCMP dog unit and helicopter began a search for a suspect.
"We started backtracking to see what else had gone on in the evening, and one thing that did catch our eye was that a couple hours previous there was an adult male that was brought to the Kamloops hospital by some family members who were concerned for his mental health," CBC News quoted RCMP Staff Sgt. Garry Kerr as saying. "They said his mental state was quite deteriorated and he was apparently having some delusions of some sort involving religion."
The man had smashed a window as he was leaving the hospital.
They found him hiding in a shed on his father’s property, and believe he swam across the Thompson River to get there.
Priest Vincent Asomugha, who had been the only other person at the rectory, suffered a dislocated shoulder when he fell down stairs while hurrying to help the bishop.
It is believed that Monroe was beaten with a blunt object. He was unable to speak to anyone at first, but was able to talk to police on Saturday.
“It’s quite a tragedy. We pray for the recovery of the Bishop and the mental state of the [suspect],” The Province quoted Monsignor Jerry Desmond as saying.
There was nothing to suggest the suspect, whose name has not been released, knew Monroe. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
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