Builder, 52, hurt in Caledonia home clash

Suffers head injuries while trying to chase natives from house

Sep 14, 2007 04:30 AM

Dana Brown
Paul Morse
Torstar News Service
Posted Toronto Star

A developer was seriously injured in a confrontation with natives occupying a new subdivision in Caledonia yesterday.

Owners of the Stirling South development spent the day yesterday negotiating with Six Nations natives after they occupied and shut down the site yesterday morning.

The site had been briefly occupied two weeks ago.

The occupation was about to end peacefully at 4 p.m. when a sub-developer building a home for his daughter entered the premises and clashed with several youths.

Sam Gualtieri, 52, was found unconscious on the floor and rushed to hospital.

His brother Joe said last night his brother was in serious condition with a broken nose and bruised skull. "He's barely conscious."

He said Gualtieri's wife and three daughters were at his bedside and described his brother's face as "all smashed in and cut and bleeding."

Co-workers said the builder was trying to chase the youths away when they hit him in the head with a piece of wood.

Joe Gualtieri said his brother had earlier taken down a native flag put on the roof. Police calmed the situation but he returned later to check on the home.

Natives said the youths saw the builder enter the home and went to investigate. When they were attacked, they defended themselves.