Man in Coma After Brutal Back Alley Attack, Alleged Attacker Facing Upgraded Charges

Kamloops, British Columbia – A man remains in a coma after being brutally beaten in a back alley in North Kamloops last month. The victim, identified as Blake Wheeler, was found unconscious and bloodied after the attack on May 8.

The alleged attacker, Mattheau Michael Myron Aldridge, 22, is currently facing one count of aggravated assault in connection with the incident. The assault was captured on high-definition surveillance video, where Aldridge can be seen approaching Wheeler, knocking him to the ground, and repeatedly kicking and stomping on his head.

Aldridge was identified and charged after the security footage was reviewed, leading to his arrest on May 17. Despite efforts by Crown prosecutor Bonnie MacDonald to have Aldridge detained, he was granted bail by provincial court Judge George Leven.

Wheeler, who is still in a coma with brain bleeding, is considered by MacDonald to be “extremely vulnerable” and “completely incapable of defending himself.” The outcome of Wheeler’s recovery will significantly impact the potential sentencing for Aldridge.

If Wheeler survives and recovers, Aldridge may face a four-year sentence. However, if Wheeler does not survive, Aldridge could potentially be prosecuted for manslaughter or second-degree murder, resulting in a sentence ranging from seven to eight years.

Aldridge is now under house arrest conditions at his father’s farm in the North Thompson and is scheduled to return to court on July 4 for further proceedings. The case continues to unfold as the victim remains in critical condition, awaiting any updates on his recovery.

The disturbing incident has sparked outrage and concern in the community, with many calling for justice to be served for the victim. The ongoing investigation and legal proceedings will determine the fate of both the victim and the alleged attacker, as authorities work towards seeking accountability for the violent assault.