Man sentenced for home invasion

A man who invaded a home in Nakusp looking for drugs was sentenced Wednesday to two years in federal prison for his actions.

A man who invaded a home with a two-foot-long metal pipe in Nakusp looking for drugs was sentenced Wednesday to two years in federal prison for his actions.

James Russell Fraser, 27, of Nakusp was convicted in Nakusp Provincial Court for offences stemming from a home invasion in February in the village, 175 kilometres northeast of Trail.

Fraser plead guilty to break and enter and possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose.

Last February, Fraser, wearing a balaclava, forced entry into a residence in Nakusp. The victim, a sufferer of a chronic pain ailment and a patient of morphine, was at home alone and asleep.

When the victim awoke he was overcome by Fraser and assaulted with a metal pipe.  “Fraser, believed to be looking for drugs, then stole the victim’s morphine prescription consisting of about 60-70 pills,” said Const. Shaun Foley of the Slocan Lake RCMP.

The victim suffered significant injuries from the attack including a broken collarbone, shoulder blade, hand, and head injuries.

The following day, while executing a search warrant at another house for an unrelated matter, Fraser was located and arrested.