A youth who was involved in a pair of gang-related disturbances at city homes has been put on a curfew.
The teen avoided jail but got a warning from the judge — Brandon residents are tired of gangs, and if he continues to act like a thug he can expect to serve time behind bars.
“We’re done with this crap in our community,” Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta said.
The 16-year-old had admitted he was tied to the Manitoba Warriors street gang at the time of his offences.
Crown attorney Jim Ross said that on Oct. 7, the teen and Manitoba Warriors members went to a city home.
The youth — who wore a black bandana over his face — wanted to beat up the resident because he’d insulted his girlfriend.
Holding an unidentified object in his hand, he lunged at the resident when he opened the door and threatened to slit his throat.
The resident, however, managed to shut the door, and police caught the youth and his group before they left the area.
Ross said the same youth and another suspect paid an uninvited visit to a downtown apartment on Nov. 14, intent on beating up an associate of the Bloodz street gang.
The target wasn’t there, but his girlfriend and child were.
The intruders entered the apartment, caused damage and upset the child when they burst into its room.
They then took a red bandana —a symbol of the Bloodz — and burned it on the sidewalk before they left.
Previously, on Oct. 7, the teen had been thrown out of the courthouse following a confrontation with an Indian Posse gang member.
He was also involved in the theft of a go-cart from a compound at Cycle Boyz Customs in July, and admitted to breaching a bail condition on Nov. 15.
All of this brought guilty pleas to breach of a bail order, assault, uttering threats and two counts of break and enter.
During sentencing on Monday, the youth said he has left the Manitoba Warriors.
He had no prior criminal record, and Hewitt-Michta sentenced him with six months deferred custody — considered by the court to be a jail sentence served in the community.
He’ll be on a 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew, but can be out past curfew with his father.
The six-month order will be followed by one year of probation with 50 hours of community service work.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 6, 2013