A 14-year-old boy convicted of eight charges, including assault with a weapon, was sentenced to two years probation in provincial court in Corner Brook earlier this week.
The boy, who cannot be identified because of his age, pleaded guilty to the assault with a weapon charge and to theft, assault and five counts of breach of an undertaking. The offences all occurred between January and May.
Judge Wayne Gorman outlined the circumstances of the offences in a written decision.
The assault with a weapon charge stemmed from an incident on Jan. 27 and involved the boy’s older brother and another young person.
The boy had contacted police and said his brother had assaulted him. He had been in his bedroom slamming the door when his brother went to the room. He pointed a pocket-knife at his brother and then went to the kitchen and got a larger knife which he made motion to throw at his brother. His brother took the knife from him.
On Feb. 14, the boy and another young person stole a charitable contribution box from Sobeys. It is not known how much money was in the box.
On Feb. 10 the boy breached the condition of an undertaking by failing to comply with a curfew imposed on Jan. 28.
On March 23 he again breached an undertaking that ordered him to have no contact with his co-accused in the Feb. 14 theft.
On May 6 the boy breached an undertaking from March 28 when he attended school under the influence of a drug.
On May 9 he was charged with assault and breach of an undertaking after he pushed a social worker while living at an open custody facility.
And between May 19 and 28 he breached an undertaking which required him to reside at an open custody facility and comply with the rules of the facility by going outside the facility, throwing things around the facility, skipping school, refusing to return to the facility and refusing to attend school.
In his decision on the case, Gorman said he accepted the submission of the Crown and defence that the period of probation should be for two years.
Conditions of the probation include that the boy must report to a youth court worker in person as required, comply with all directions received from the worker; attend all counselling or treatment sessions arranged by his worker; refrain from the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or non-prescription drugs; refrain from carrying or possessing any knives; refrain from having any contact or communication with his co-accused in the theft charge or anyone indicated in writing by his worker; and, for the first 60 days of the probation order, reside in such place or location as directed by his youth court worker.
Gorman said the last condition will provide the boy with an opportunity to prove through his behaviour that he can reside in the community with his mother.
He noted that while the boy’s mother is committed to his well-being that while living with her he was chronically absent from school and often out of control.
Gorman said if a further period of residing where directed is warranted, an application to vary the probation order can be submitted.
The boy must also perform 20 hours of community service, is subject to a DNA order and a two-year weapons and ammunition prohibition.