WINNIPEG – A rare sentence could be handed to a Winnipeg man for his role in a pair of violent sexual attacks in November of 2014.
The teenager, who cannot be named because of a publication ban, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a pair of aggravated sexual assault charges in an investigation that made national headlines.
A 16 year old girl was viciously attacked under the Midtown Bridge on the banks of the Assiniboine River. The victim was kicked to the ground and stomped on. Once unconscious, she was stripped and sexually assaulted.
At some point she ended up in the freezing cold water, but managed to climb out, only to be attacked again with a hammer. She was left for dead and found the next morning by a construction worker.
A 23 year old woman was also attacked with a baseball bat that same night behind the Sherbrook Pool off Portage Avenue. The victim was also stripped and sexually assaulted.
On Monday, court heard the young man could be eligible for an Intensive Rehabilitative Custody and Supervision (IRCS) sentence.
It’s used in cases of violent offences where the young offender suffers from some sort of mental illness. Court heard the teen has severe cognitive issues and suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome.
IRCS sentences have only been used a handful of times and Manitoba currently has 23 in the system. The judge could also sentence the young man as an adult.
The sentencing hearing is expected to last until Thursday, but it’s unclear when the teen will be formally sentenced.
Sentencing for the other attacker, Justin Hudson, is still underway after he pleaded guilty to charges. The Crown is seeking a life sentence for Hudson for his involvement in the brutal attacks.