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A city teen who broke into an east Winnipeg home and confined and raped a girl has been handed the maximum possible youth sentence.
"He has caused indescribable damage to the victim and her family," provincial court Judge Tracey Lord said this afternoon, calling the case the "worst nightmare" because of its display of random brutality.
The youth sentence Lord imposed amounts to two years of jail and a year of supervision in the community. The 17 months of remand time he’s already served will not be taken off his sentence.
The offender was just 14 when he targeted and busted his way into the 17-year-old victim’s home to steal a television on Feb. 9, 2013.
Once inside, he encountered and confronted the terrified girl hiding in her bedroom.
He confined her, stole her cellphone and seriously sexually assaulted her before dragging her to an area near the home’s rear door and assaulting her some more.
He didn’t know the girl had managed to call 911 moments prior to the attack.
Police burst in within minutes and witnessed part of the final assault.
The offender fled out the door, but was caught after a short foot chase.
Lord rejected a request from Crown prosecutors that all his jail time be served as "secure" custody, meaning he wouldn’t be eligible for any temporary leaves from jail.
Instead, 20 of his 24 months of custody will be served in secure custody, Lord ruled. He must earn any temporary leaves through good behaviour.
Court heard the teen had been left essentially unsupervised and came from a "chaotic" background where he was exposed to substance abuse and street gang subculture.
His victim has been left seriously scarred by the incident, telling court previously in an impact statement she feels numb, hopeless and suffers from mood swings.
The Crown initially signalled an intention to seek an adult sentence for the offender, but ultimately withdrew their application.