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Teen to be sentenced today for killing father

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A Manitoba teen who repeatedly stabbed his abusive dad and then pleaded with a 911 operator in a fruitless bid for help in saving his life will learn his fate this afternoon.

The youth, 16, previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter and returned to court Monday for sentencing.

He stabbed his father, 42, to death inside his family’s home in a small rural community on the night of Dec. 30, 2012.

The Free Press is not disclosing the community or the victim’s name as it would identify the offender, which is forbidden by law.

The teen attacked his father with a folding knife and inflicted 13 stab wounds, Judge Tim Preston was told.

Just before the attack, the victim had lashed out at the boy’s mother by squeezing lemon juice into her eyes.

It was just one of many threatening or violent acts he’d inflicted on her that day after a drinking binge.

The teen also saw him handling a shotgun earlier in the day, defence lawyer Tom Rees said.

The offender, believing he and his mother were at grave risk, reacted violently, court heard.

"His worry was that if he didn’t overcome his father they’d both be beaten to death," Rees said.

One of the stab wounds sliced the victim’s pulmonary artery. It would have been immediately fatal, court heard.

The teen had been physically abused by the victim in the past and witnessed other domestic violence incidents against his mother, court heard.

It was the killer who called 911 and pleaded for urgent help.

"I just want to say I’m sorry to him, if he opens his eyes I will say sorry," the teen told RCMP immediately after his arrest.

"If I would have just stopped to think things through, none of this would have happened."

He spent nine months in remand at the Manitoba Youth Centre before being granted bail.

He underwent psychological testing and assessments and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Doctors say he was predisposed to the condition due to the abuse he suffered and was a witness to over his life.

The offender’s mother and other family members were in court but no victim impact statement was filed.

His sister told a correctional officer she wasn’t angry at him for what happened, according to a pre-sentencing report.

"Now her mother and younger brother will not have to live in fear," she told the officer.

The youth is described by doctors as a low risk to reoffend.

"This was a highly situational crime," prosecutor Dan Angus said.

The Crown is not seeking additional jail time in the case.

Angus asked Judge Preston to place the offender on a period of conditional supervision which would allow for his immediate re-arrest if he breaches any conditions.

Preston will give a decision later today.

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

 

 

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