Teen gets open custody for part in attack on disabled man

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An 18-year-old female was sentenced today to nine months open custody to be served in a group home for her part in an attack on a disabled man last September in St. John’s.

The young woman earlier pleaded guilty in court in St. John’s to charges of conspiracy to commit a robbery, robbery, and assault causing bodily harm.

She had spent three months in custody after being charged and will also be under community supervision and on probation for four-and-a-half months following the end of the open custody.

The woman also pleaded guilty to charges in connection with another incident. Those charges included fraud, damage to property, possession of stolen property and breach of probation.

The attack on the disabled man occurred Sept. 28, 2012.

According to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, five teens allegedly lured the 24-year-old man, who has a physical disability, away from the parking lot at Mount Pearl Square in Mount Pearl.

The victim was led into a wooded area, where the group jumped him. He was assaulted and his valuables were taken.

The victim went to a nearby store for help and called the RNC. He was later treated in hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The five teenagers faced charges including conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and robbery with violence.

Two of the females allegedly involved were also charged with damaging government property for damaging a vehicle they were riding in while en route from the Whitbourne youth correctional facility to provincial court in St. John's.



Geographic location: St. John's

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  • A mom
    January 17, 2013 - 08:45

    I agree Donna,then people wonder why we have so much crime here involving young kids our courts are allowing it to happen.I have a young son 14 years old thank god he brought no trouble home yet! but I always tell him if he do think about bringing trouble home you better hope the police gets their hands on you before I do.He is far from an angel,but I cannot see myself sitting in a court room with him.Her parents must be proud,or maybe that kind of behavior comes from the home.Either way she has been in trouble before.Wait until she has a family and wants to vacation with them outside of Canada and can,t get entry into another country because of her record or better yet she can,t get a job because she can,t get a letter of conduct.I guess her path in life is already laid out for her,another one our taxes will be paying for.And yes shame on the judge.

  • linda
    January 17, 2013 - 08:44

    really our justice is a joke .this should have been attempted murder .she lured him in to the woods to beat and rob him .if he had died god forbid it would have been murder.make the punishment fit the crime sentence these kids to a year in one of our homes for people with disabilitys and let them wash ,dress feed them and spend the day with them and see what it is to have a little bit of independence with a disabilty and have it taken from you by a bunch of hoodlums .dont just send them home to the parents that sent them to you .help change them .

  • Donna
    January 16, 2013 - 18:00

    What a joke! This piece of trash is just laughing her head off. On MSN news it states, after the assault, she sent a text message saying: "I broke his nose and split open his face. Ha, ha ... I f**ked him up." Real funny! NOT! Then when Judge Pamela Goulding read the sentence, the young woman turned to her mother, smiled and said, "open custody." She's got it made! When is our judicial system going to start punishing these juvenile delinquents the way they should be punished? It's about time we as citizens stood up and said, NO, it's not ok! Stop this wrist slapping. What are we letting loose on society? A bunch of crazed lunatics who have no regard for human life. They're the "Give Me" generation and if you don't give, they will take. It can only get worse without action! Write your MHA, write all the leaders of the political parties, write whoever you think will listen and do something about it!

  • Steve
    January 16, 2013 - 14:58

    See what happens when you do away with the death penalty? BRING IT BACK!

  • Joe it all
    January 16, 2013 - 14:24

    I think it is time for a few judges who have been victims of crime themselves. Then maybe the punishment would fit the crime. Shame on the judge in this case.

    • D. White
      January 17, 2013 - 14:07

      Wow....what a joke! This was a brutal assault on an innocent defenseless person....shame on the judge for sure.

  • Equality for Women
    January 16, 2013 - 11:26

    Name her! she's an adult; if it's an 18-year old male, he'd be identified. There's a fine line between "teenagers" and adults.

  • k
    January 16, 2013 - 10:33

    What a laughable justice system. Give me the pay and chance. There would nbe strong deterents and examples put in place. Bring back a system of pay for what they do . Courts arte baby sitters . Chastise but never punish. Pity for the victims right.t

  • I would hate to be a cop
    January 16, 2013 - 10:22

    it's this stories and sentences like this that would not make interested in being a cop. It must be so frustrating for police to work so very hard to arrest, investigate, report on crime only to see the guilty person get a massage and happy ending from the NL justice system.

  • Leah
    January 16, 2013 - 10:10

    What a great incentive for her to try and change her life of a road to destruction, which affects innocent people. This is not just laughable, but also very frustrating and bitter anger. The attack on this young man was NOT her first offence.....God, what's wrong with our justice system ????

  • hslaw
    January 16, 2013 - 09:51

    Nice kids proud parents

  • Jenny
    January 16, 2013 - 09:47

    Is that all!! The police work hard to get cases to court for this? Laughable...

    • Disgusted
      January 16, 2013 - 10:14

      Any person(s) who attacks any human being, luring them and out numbering them esp. a disabled person, is the most vile and disgusting human being there is. This girl is 18 years old. Old enough to know what she was doing was wrong...thats why kids are the way they are, they get no punishment. I have a 17 year old girl, who is by no means perfect..she would never harm another person in this such manner. She wouldnt want to come back home to me if she did.....truly disgusted by this " 18 year girl".