January 24, 2006
Devine fined in attack on patron
Grappler was working as bar bouncer
By KEVIN MARTIN - Calgary Sun

Former TNA grappler and SLAM! Wrestling columnist "Hotshot" Johnny Devine was fined $1,000 yesterday for using his fighting skills outside the ring.

Justice Peter Martin agreed with defence counsel Joel Livergant and Crown prosecutor Mac Vomberg a fine was appropriate for Devine's attack on a Cowboys Dance Hall patron.

Devine, whose real name is John Parsonage, was convicted last fall of assault causing bodily harm after beating a Cowboys' customer while ejecting him.

Parsonage was working as a bouncer at the nightclub on Nov. 16, 2002, when a heavily intoxicated Chris Burke became unruly.

Parsonage and another security staff member got into a scuffle with Burke and escorted him outside.

"Once Mr. Burke was outside there was, what could be described as, a full-blown fight," said Martin, now a Court of Appeal justice completing an outstanding Queen's Bench file.

Parsonage, 31, beat Burke unconscious and the victim required hospitalization, the judge noted.

But, Martin said he accepted Parsonage's promise he would not be back before the courts again.

"It's not my personality type," Parsonage said before sentencing.

"I'm not the type of guy who in any shape or form looks for trouble," the Winnipeg resident said.

Parsonage has wrestled as Devine in WWE "dark" shows, matches performed for audiences before televised programs begin, but has been sidelined by a series of injuries.

Ironically, his currently posted SLAM! Wrestling column describes another Cowboys' incident in which he sent a patron to hospital "four or five years ago."

Livergant successfully won Parsonage an acquittal in that matter, arguing his client was acting in self-defence.


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