Former Kitchener South-Hespeler MP Marwan Tabbara has pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and one of being unlawfully in a dwelling house.

Tabbara was charged following an altercation with a former girlfriend and another man in the spring of 2020 in Guelph, Ont.

He was initially charged with break and enter, but it was amended Thursday afternoon in court to being unlawfully in a dwelling house.

Tabbara was a Liberal when he was arrested and charged in April 2020, but it wasn’t reported in the media until June, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said they learned of the charges just days before it was reported.

Police in Guelph initially said information about Tabbara’s arrest was not made public because the officers involved were not aware he was a sitting member of Parliament, but that was later revealed not to be true.

Tabbara stepped down from the Liberal caucus and sat as an Independent MP for the remainder of his term. He did not seek re-election in Monday’s federal election.

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