CORNER BROOK — A 17-year-old from Corner Brook was sentenced to a year of probation and 20 hours community service for assaulting one girl and threatening another.
The youth was sentenced by provincial court Judge Wayne Gorman in Corner Brook last week. He had pleaded guilty to both offences.
The young man punched a girl in the face in front of a number of other youth in October of last year. According to her victim impact statement, she suffered physical pain and bruising, but also considerable psychological trauma as a result.
In November, he sent a text message to another young girl, threatening to harm her and her family. According to her victim impact statement, she has trouble sleeping and concentrating. The statement said the incident has impacted her grades in school, relationships with her friends, her self-esteem and she suffered depression.
The 17-year-old had no prior convictions and is reportedly a good student at high school. He was admitted to hospital after his arrest, and saw a psychologist at the time. It has been concluded he does not have any mental illness.
In his written decision on sentencing, Gorman said the young man committed two serious offences. However, he had no prior convictions, pleaded guilty, and sought counselling on his own.
Therefore, the judge believed a non-custodial sentence was appropriate.