A 15-year-old boy from the Bay of Islands is haunted by a vision of his attacker on top of him, holding him down as he tried to scream out but couldn’t get any air.
His attacker, 27-year-old Eric Chaulk, was sentenced at a provincial court hearing in Corner Brook on Sept. 12 to nine months of conditional imprisonment, followed by 12 months of probation, for having committed three assaults.
His victims were the boy and two 17-year-old girls.
The assaults occurred at a cabin in Lark Harbour on March 30, 2018 where Chaulk had boasted about being high on illegal drugs. He said he had taken ecstasy and cocaine.
He was slapping and grabbing the behinds of a number of females at the cabin. He grasped one girl's arm in a manner that prevented her from pulling away and then grabbed her behind.
The boy suggested Chaulk should leave but he declined to do so.
As the boy and the other girl were leaving Chaulk grabbed him by the neck and held him until his face began to turn blue.
The girl struck Chaulk and he let go of the boy, but turned on her, throwing her to the ground, choking and head butting her three times.
A number of people present intervened to pull Chaulk off the girl.
In the boy’s victim impact statement, provided at the sentencing hearing and referenced in Judge Wayne Gorman’s written decision in the case, he recounts feeling his throat closing in by tremendous pressure and pain.
His attacker’s face just inches from his with his pupils dilated as big as he’d ever seen.
“I feel he was so cold and seemed completely evil to me,” wrote the boy.
He blacked out during the attack and is thankful his friends were able to get Chaulk off of him.
He ran or crawled away, scared, thinking he was going to die.
“I was afraid he was going to come after me again and finish attacking me maybe even kill me.”
As he went into the woods to hide the boy saw Chaulk attacking his friend and is haunted by the fact he wasn’t able to do anything to help her.
A former honour student, the boy said he didn’t do so well in school the past year.
He didn’t sleep well for a long time, but it did improve only to become bad again.
He was angry about not being able to participate in his regular activities and has seen a counsellor.
His mother wrote hearing the details of her child being assaulted is extremely difficult. “Hearing the fear and trembling in their voice as they relive the moments and knowing the depth of their injuries is more than any mother should have to deal with,” she said.
She said dealing with the emotional and physical aftermath has been challenging and overwhelming.
She said her hometown does not feel safe anymore, and it will be a relief when they can finally put the incident behind them and move one with their lives.
Chaulk entered guilty pleas to the assaults. A pre-sentence report said he does not have full recall of the what happened, but does take responsibility for his behaviour and expresses appropriate remorse.
Gorman concluded that a period of imprisonment was appropriate because of the nature of the assaults that were committed and the number of victims involved. He also concluded that a conditional period of imprisonment was appropriate because of Chaulk’s guilty pleas and lack of any prior convictions.
Chaulk is to have no contact with either of his victims and must stay out of Lark Harbour. He’s also subject to 10-year weapons/ammunition prohibition.