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A Winnipeg youth’s visit to Brandon included a stop at the downtown skatepark — and then, a trip to jail.
The stop at the jail came after a troubling encounter the youth had with children at the skatepark.
“He says he ended up getting high and drunk, and unfortunately he showed the butt of the imitation gun to some of the children at the skatepark,” defence lawyer Philip Sieklicki explained in Brandon court on Tuesday.
The 14-year-old boy can’t be named due to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Court was told that the teen walked away from his Winnipeg group home when he got upset with staff.
A cousin then drove him to Brandon, where he stayed with his aunt for a time.
In the early evening of June 27, he was at the Kristopher Campbell Skate Plaza when he flashed the butt of a replica gun at children.
He then ran off when someone told him they were going to call police, but he was arrested a block away.
The replica handgun was tucked in the waistband of his pants. When police asked him what he was doing with it, the boy told them: “Trying to earn a living.”
He then gave police a false name, and at the jail he used a metal leg from a table in his cell to break off pieces of cinder block, which he described as weapons.
The boy also described the pointed table leg as “nice and sharp.” He then had an outburst and the jail’s emergency response unit had to transfer him to another cell to calm him down.
The youth was on probation at the time of his offences, and violated that order on the day of the skatepark incident by being out past his curfew. He also wasn’t to have any weapons, imitation or not.
On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation weapon for a dangerous purpose, the breaches and other charges.
He received 18 months probation with 40 hours of community service work.
The youth told court he intends to head back to his Winnipeg group home.
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