Nanaimo man slashed in fight

One man was taken to hospital for a severe cut received during a fight in the Balmoral Hotel Friday night.

Police responded to the social housing facility on Haliburton Street shortly after 7 p.m. when an employee reported two men were fighting in one of the rooms.

A 50-year-old man was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital where he received several stitches for a cut he sustained during the altercation.

"The victim received a very serious laceration to his palm," said Const. Gary O'Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

Thomas Leroy Bates, 45, was arrested without incident.

Police also seized several knives, including a machete, from Bates's room.

O'Brien said the victim was not a tenant at the facility, which is operated by the Canadian Mental Health Association.

He said the facility is well-run and calls for police service are rare.

"It's very seldom we ever receive a call like this," he said. "This is the first that I can recall where a weapon was involved, but unfortunately alcohol may have been a precipitating factor."

Bates was held in custody over the weekend and appeared in Nanaimo provincial court Monday to face charges of assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm and breach of probation.

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