A 23 year-old Coquitlam man has been charged in relation to an October 25th, 2015, assault on Smithe Street that left a man with permanent life-altering injuries.

Around 2:40 a.m. on October 25th, a 34-year-old man was making his way home with his wife after a night out with some friends downtown. They walked past two groups of men in front of the Roadhouse Bar located at 670 Smithe Street and he became involved in a dispute over hiring a limousine. He was punched, and when he fell, he struck his head on the concrete, causing severe injuries and ultimately brain damage.

On November 18th, police arrested a suspect at his home in Coquitlam. He was released on a promise to appear, pending further investigation.

On November 26th, police appealed to the public for information that would provide evidence in the investigation.

As a result of that information, Crown Counsel has now laid one charge of aggravated assault against the 23-year-old man.

Due to a publication ban, we are not releasing the name of the charged person.