Youth praised by judge for apparently turning her life around

Cory Hurley
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A young Corner Brook girl serving a lengthy term in a youth correction centre was essentially given a pass for good behaviour Wednesday.

The 14-year-old was sentenced in March for a long list of crimes — the majority of which were breaches of court orders, but her rash of past charges included theft of a vehicle and assault with a weapon (a razor blade). She had been gathering charges for about two years prior to being incarcerated, having been arrested time-after-time.

Crown attorney John Noseworthy said everybody believed she was being sentenced on all outstanding offences during the sentencing scheduled to end in July. However, another charge surfaced afterwards.

The young girl deposited a phoney $1,000 bill into the CIBC bank and withdrew $100. The incident was reported to the bank, the money was repaid, and the account closed. The fact it took place in November, prior to her sentencing, and that she was co-operating and progressing with her rehabilitation seemed to have all parties sympathizing with her.

Provincial court Judge Kymil Howe characterized the sentencing as housekeeping and praised the young girl for seemingly turning her life around while in custody.

A youth court worker took the stand Wednesday, telling the judge the young girl was attending school regularly and participating in various programs and supports. She said an ongoing review may lead to her secure custody sentence being completed through open custody.

Howe agreed with Noseworthy and legal-aid lawyer Peter Chaffey that no additional sentence needed to be imposed. The sentence was determined to be served through remand.

As she left the court room, the judge told the young girl she should be proud and she hopes she has finally realized the consequences of her actions and that she can be a better person.

Organizations: CIBC bank

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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