A familiar face had decided once again to take up residence in a large tree adjacent to Victoria City Hall, in Centennial Square.

Lyle Barrette, 50, climbed the tree Friday afternoon, and says he plans to stay for three days.

Barrette was convicted of assault in 2012 when he dropped urine onto a city parks worker (video) that attempted to remove a bicycle hanging in the tree.

Yesterday, according to news reports, police and mental health officials attempted to talk Barrette down, to no avail.  Police decided it was in the best interest of all parties to allow him to stay, monitored by security guards that are already stationed in Centennial Square 24 hours a day.

This morning the area continues to be cordoned off, and under watch by a solo security guard.

 

Additional photos from Saturday morning

 

 

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