Teen says she’ll ‘try’ to behave

Diane Crocker
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CORNER BROOK “I’ll try.”

Those were the words a 13-year-old girl uttered in provincial court in Corner Brook on Wednesday when judge Catherine Allen-Westby urged her to behave herself between then and her next court appearance on Jan. 8.

But it’s words the young girl has uttered before.

The girl, whose identity is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, currently has over 100 charges against her, many of which relate to breaches of court orders.

She was being held in custody prior to Wednesday’s appearance, something she agreed to during a Dec. 12 appearance.

That appearance was the second one in three days for the girl. She had been taken into custody for breaching her court orders and released on Dec. 9, only to picked up again.

During Wednesday’s appearance, Sandi MacKinnon, the girl’s lawyer, told the judge it had been her intention to enter pleas on the charges.

However, MacKinnon said the Crown had not yet provided her with a plea proposal. She said she understood there are a number of informations to go through to come up with a proposal.

Provincial Crown attorney Trina Simms said she had not had an opportunity to review all the files and it was her intention to tie all the matters together.

Simms said she was agreeable to releasing the girl and asked that she be bound by an undertaking previously issued by the court.

It was noted that undertaking had been cancelled and a new one would be required.

Among the conditions of the new undertaking the young girl must keep the peace and be of good behaviour, reside at a specific residence in the city and abide by a curfew between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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