Former mayor of Penticton ordered to pay $14K to brother in assault civil suit

Former Penticton, B.C., mayor John Vassilaki has been ordered to pay $14,000 in damages after being found liable for the battery of his brother Nicholas during a family confrontation in June 2020.

In delivering her decision, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Briana Hardwick described the civil case as “another chapter in the unfortunate conflict” within the family.

Nicholas Vassilakakis — who spells his surname differently than John — was asking for a combined total of $35,000 in damages for assault and battery. 

The decision describes how a protracted disagreement over jewelry and coins belonging to their ailing mother led to a “significant escalation of familial conflict.” 

John, 76, was sitting mayor on June 14, 2020,

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