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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Olympic boxer cleared of charges

May 13, 2010
By QMI Agency/Toronto Sun

BELLEVILLE, Ont. -- Olympic boxing silver medalist Shawn O'Sullivan has been cleared of mischief and assault charges in a Belleville, Ont., court.

O'Sullivan, 47, faced one count each of assault and mischief under $5,000 in a case dating back to last November. He was accused of assaulting a man in Belleville's west end. O'Sullivan has said he was trying to get information about his stolen championship rings when he was struck by another man.

O'Sullivan has also claimed police beat him and stunned him with a Taser. Belleville police later confirmed they had used a "charge-conducted device" on O'Sullivan but said he was combative and physically resistant.

O'Sullivan's lawyer, Bill Reid, said O'Sullivan is considering filing a complaint about excessive use of force.

In court Thursday, O'Sullivan agreed to a peace bond keeping him from having contact with the man he was accused of assaulting for six months.

O'Sullivan has been on a two-year hunt to recover stolen championship boxing rings that were taken from his downtown Belleville apartment. He admitted at the time he had been too friendly with some shady characters, whom he'd allowed to visit his place. He said he never thought anyone would rob him.

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