WINNIPEG – Sentencing continues for a young man who admitted to his role in a pair of violent attacks in November 2014.
Crown lawyers are pushing for an adult sentence against the young man who was 17 at the time of the attacks, however defence lawyers argue he should be sentenced as a youth because he suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome and has low IQ.
He and another man have pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault after a brutal sexual assault near the Midtown Bridge. The 16 year old girl was stomped on, stripped down, sexually assaulted and hit in the head with a hammer.
The girl was left to die in the freezing cold Assiniboine River, but was found by a construction worker the next morning.
Hours after the first beating, the pair attacked a 23 year old woman in a similar way near the Sherbook pool. The victim managed to make her way to a nearby convenience store and out of pure coincidence, was assisted by one of her attackers’ family members.
Submissions from bother lawyers are expected to wrap up on Thursday and the man is expected to be sentenced at a later date.
The other attacker, Justin Hudson, is still awaiting his sentence, but in both cases the Crown is seeking life in prison.