Faced by a man armed with knives, a woman relied on her skills as a kindergarten teacher to get the intruder out of her apartment.
Citing the need to denounce and deter such offences, Justice Robert Cummings sent Vincent Franklin Young to jail for the alarming crime.
“When confronted by the homeowner, he did not leave. He damaged her property, waved knives at her and had to be talked out of her home,” Cummings said during sentencing in Brandon Court of Queen’s Bench on Tuesday.
The identity of the offender was an issue as Young went on trial in October 2012.
Ultimately, though, Cummings found that it was in fact Young who was responsible for the frightening scene that played out in an apartment on the 300-block of Sixth Street in the early morning of May 31, 2011. He was convicted on the following evidence.
A woman lived at the apartment, and her two teenage sons were asleep in a bedroom there at the time.
The resident awoke to a sound in her kitchen, and walked out of her bedroom and into the kitchen to find a man seated at the table. At first, without her glasses, she thought the man was her boyfriend but then realized it was a stranger.
That stranger was Young, who was intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, or both. He held a fire extinguisher in his hands and sprayed the woman in the face three times.
In response, the resident yelled at the man to get out, returned to her bedroom and got her glasses. With fire extinguisher dust hanging in the air, she then returned to the kitchen and continued to yell at the unwelcome man.
Young then picked up two knives and followed the woman as she backed away. One of her two sons, who had been sleeping in another bedroom, emerged and his mom told him to get back into the room and lock the door.
Young continued to approach her, swiping one knife against the other as though sharpening them.
The woman — a kindergarten/Grade 1 teacher — clapped her hands to get Young’s attention and yelled at him to follow her out of the apartment.
The clapping was apparently a technique she used in class to get her young students to pay attention. She managed to direct Young towards a door, push him out and call 911.
Young then made his way to a home on the 300-block of Eighth Street, where he broke a window in an effort to get in, but was scared off by the resident.
Police, who were already investigating the apartment break-in, arrested Young nearby.
The residents at both homes were later able to identify Young as the man who’d paid them unwelcome visits.
Cummings convicted Young of possession of weapon for a dangerous purpose — the knives — and break, enter and assault for the incident at the teacher’s apartment.
He was also convicted of mischief for breaking the window at the second home.
At the time, Young was on a probation order that forbade him from using intoxicants and he was convicted of that too.
After a couple of delays, the 37-year-old Young was sentenced in Brandon Court of Queen’s Bench on Tuesday. Cummings sentenced him to two years less a day in jail, followed by two years of probation.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 9, 2014