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Teen jailed for raping girl during home robbery

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A city teen who broke into a Winnipeg home to steal a TV and wound up confining and raping a girl who lived there 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 Thursday afternoon, calling the case an example of the "worst nightmare" for many 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 time he's already served behind bars waiting to deal with his case will not be subtracted from his sentence.

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The offender was just 14 when he randomly targeted and broke his way into the 17-year-old victim's home to steal a TV on Feb. 9, 2013.

Once inside, he encountered and confronted the terrified girl as she hid in her bedroom.

He confined her there, 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 before he attacked her.

Police arrived within minutes, burst into the house and witnessed part of the final assault.

The offender fled out the nearby door but was nabbed after a short foot chase.

Lord rejected a request from Crown prosecutors that all 24 months of his jail time be served in "secure" custody, meaning he wouldn't be eligible for any temporary leaves from jail.

Instead, Lord ruled 20 of the months will be served in secure custody. He must earn any temporary leaves during his final four months through good behaviour.

His victim has been left seriously scarred by the incident, telling court previously in an impact statement she feels numb and hopeless and suffers from mood swings.

The Crown initially signalled an intention to seek an adult sentence for the offender, but ultimately withdrew its application.

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.

He will be subject to an annual court review to monitor his progress in custody.

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 4, 2014 A6

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