Fred Edrissi

Accused says he was victim in violent South Surrey attack

Darryl Brown tells B.C. Supreme Court judge he 'came to' covered in blood and vomit.

A man accused of brutally assaulting a White Rock businessman with a hammer and a pipe wrench testified Friday that he was the one who was attacked during the incident at a South Surrey property four years ago.

Taking the stand at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster, Darryl Gordon Brown also told Justice R. Crawford that he remembers next to nothing of what transpired after Fred Edrissi hit him in the arm with a grinder and on the head with a pipe wrench – other than seeing “stars,” and wrestling with Edrissi on the ground.

“I don’t remember anything after that. I came to at a Washworld in Surrey, covered in blood and vomit,” Brown said.

Brown, 47, has pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and robbery in connection with the Aug. 1, 2009 incident, which occurred on property in the 16500-block of 32 Avenue. He was ordered in December 2010 to stand trial on the charges, following a preliminary hearing in Surrey Provincial Court.

The trial got underway in September 2012. At that time, Edrissi testified that a “broken hand, broken knee, broken skull, broken ribs” were among injuries he suffered in the attack, which, he said, occurred while waiting for mechanical work to be done on his minivan. Edrissi told the court that Brown hit him several times in the head with a hammer or pipe wrench and had tried to strangle him with a grinder cord.

The court also heard last year from Sheri-Lyn Brown, who was married to the accused at the time of the incident. She testified she witnessed much of what transpired between Edrissi and her husband, and that she believed at the time that her husband had killed Edrissi.

On Friday, prosecutor Jas Gahunia suggested to Darryl Brown that he, out of anger, struck Edrissi from behind with a hammer and a pipe wrench – a scenario he denied.

“There’s no way that I went up and hit him,” he said.

Brown, a mechanic, said the incident occurred on the last of five visits Edrissi made to the property that day regarding work he wanted done on his van. On the earlier visits, discussion had covered the cost of the work, parts that needed to be picked up and a request from Brown for Edrissi to return later, as he was spending some rare alone time with his wife, he said.

Brown said that immediately prior to Edrissi hitting him, Edrissi was “ranting” about having already paid for the work. Brown said Edrissi didn’t understand that he had paid for the parts needed but not the labour.

“He wouldn’t listen that he had not paid me,” he said. “He said ‘bullsh-t’ about 20 times.”

Brown said Edrissi swung the tools at him when he reached around Edrissi to grab the keys to the minivan, which were needed in order for him to do the requested work. Brown said he told Edrissi at that time that he’d return the keys once he’d been paid the $50 he was owed for the labour, but that he never intended to actually withhold the keys.

“It was just something to say,” he said.

Brown said Edrissi swung first with the grinder, then with the pipe wrench, hitting him in the left forearm and on the right side of his head, near the hairline.

“I could see stars floating around, then tunnel vision, then that’s it.”

Brown said he never attended a hospital for his injuries, didn’t report the incident to police and never returned to the property where it occurred.

Gahunia and defence counsel Jeremy Fung are to make closing arguments on Friday.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The strip mall which includes 3 Dogs Brewing on Johnston Road is the site of a proposed 23-storey development given preliminary discussion at White Rock’s Land Use and Planning Committee meeting Oct. 26. (File photo)
White Rock tower would need to provide amenities: council

A 23-storey proposal for uptown could include new city hall facilities

Ranil Prasad saw this poster near Surrey Central SkyTrain station on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. He said it expressed “some specific reference to white replacement theory.” (Photo: Ranil Prasad/@run_neil/Twitter)
Surrey man urges public to watch out for ‘white replacement theory’ posters

Ranil Prasad said he saw the messaging at a Surrey SkyTrain station

Washington State Department of Agriculture workers, wearing protective suits and working vacuumed a nest of Asian giant hornets from a tree Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists in Washington state discovered the first nest earlier in the week of so-called murder hornets in the United States and worked to wipe it out Saturday morning to protect native honeybees. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Nest of ‘murder hornets’ found near South Surrey

String of traps set up along border to capture Asian giant hornets

Construction of Douglas College's Surrey Campus in 1970. (Photo: Douglas College Archives)
PHOTOS: Douglas College’s Surrey roots at a B.C.-first campus in 1970

The official date of the Douglas/Kwantlen split was April 1, 1981

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrives for briefing on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020 (B.C. government)
B.C. records 217 more COVID-19 cases, mask use urged

Infection spike continues, 21 senior facilities affected

FILE – The Queen of Alberni ferry leaves the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal in Delta bound for Vancouver Island, Sunday, July 29, 2007. (CP PHOTO/Richard Lam) CANADA
Mechanical failure leaves nearly 200 passengers stranded on BC Ferries ship for hours

A tug arrived after dark to safely nudge the vessel into a berth so travellers could finally disembark

Ridge Meadows RCMP (Black Press)
Maple Ridge X-ray tech convicted of sexual assault dating back 30 years

Allen James Brooks is expected to be sentenced in January 2021

BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson leaves the stage after announcing he is stepping down as party leader, during a news conference in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, October 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Too rural, not enough diversity, soul searching needed, say BC Liberals

Elections BC says there are about 600,000 mail-in and absentee ballots across the province still to count

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes his way to provide an update on the COVID pandemic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Canada has reached a grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic, surpassing 10,000 novel coronavirus deaths. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Alberta COVID deaths pushes Canada past milestone of 10,000 deaths

Canada crossed the threshold of 5,000 deaths on May 12, a little over two months after the first was reported

An elderly woman wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 walks past an advertisement for a television series in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. has been under a COVID-19 state of emergency for more than half the year

Province has been under a state of emergency for 32 weeks – and counting

Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
L.A. Dodgers beat Rays 3-1 to win 1st World Series title since 1988

National League champs claim crown in six games

Most Read