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Boy may get adult sentence in attack

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A Winnipeg boy who confined, robbed and raped a teen girl after smashing his way into her Elmwood-area home to steal a television has pleaded guilty and may be sentenced as an adult.

The offender, 15, admitted responsibility for the brutal Feb. 9, 2013, evening attack in provincial court on Monday and pleaded guilty to several charges, including robbery with violence and sexual assault with a weapon.

The offender was out on bail for a prior break-and-enter when he targeted the girl's home hoping to steal a flat-screen TV set. He used a hammer to break in through the front door.

Hearing the commotion, the victim called 911 and ran into a bedroom. That's where her attacker confronted her, the hammer still in hand, and refused to let her leave the room, Judge Carena Roller heard.

"He told me to be quiet or else he'd kill me," the girl told police. The offender stole her BlackBerry and other property, hit her with a hairspray can and proceeded to seriously sexually assault her several times, Crown attorney Dan Angus said.

Police arrived on the scene to find the offender on top of the victim. He fled through the home's rear door and ran for about two blocks with police not far behind.

They were able to track him to an area on Windsor Avenue after he left a trail of stolen goods along his escape path for officers to follow.

The Crown will seek an adult sentence in the case, Angus said. It's a rare measure, given the offender was just 14 at the time of the attack and no firearm was used. He stood sullenly as he acknowledged to Roller he was voluntarily giving up his right to a trial.

The youth was ingesting substances on the day of the crime and his memory is "blurry," defence lawyer Sandra Bracken said.

"He does remember parts of what happened."

Roller adjourned sentencing for the preparation of reports examining the offender's background and to see if he's suffering from any psychological or emotional disorders.

If sentenced as an adult, the teen could face years behind bars, while the maximum youth sentence would be two years of custody followed by a year of supervision in the community.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 14, 2014 0

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