Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Classified Sites

Brandon Sun - PRINT EDITION

Teen jailed for gang-related robbery, assault

A youth who took part in a violent gang-related robbery, then attacked another youth at a city high school and flashed gang signs at the victim has been jailed.

Despite that, the judge encouraged the teen to turn his life around, quoting his high school coach who described him as "worth it."

"You are worth it, make sure you do something about it," Judge Krystyna Tarwid told the boy as he was led from the courtroom following sentencing.

The 16-year-old offender was sentenced this week for two robbery charges related to the same incident, and for an assault outside a city school.

The fight happened on Oct. 29 and was caught on surveillance video.

In the footage, which was played in court, the offender can be seen approaching the victim and the two then get in a scrap and wildly throw punches at each other.

They wind up on the ground, and the fight ends after the offender manages to get on top of the victim and repeatedly punches at his head.

The fight over, the offender flashes hand signs at the victim, which Crown attorney Jim Ross said represented the letters M and W for Manitoba Warriors.

More than 34 people witnessed the fight, and in the video at least one onlooker appears to record it on a cellphone.

Ross said the motive for the fight isn’t clear. The victim previously had ties with the Manitoba Warriors street gang (as does the offender), but had told authorities he wanted to leave.

Defence lawyer Jonathan Richert said the victim had provoked his client by going to his home and threatening him.

At the time of the fight, the youth had been released while pending on a pair of robbery charges he ultimately pleaded guilty to.

He took part in a violent three-on-one robbery on Nov. 2 in which a man was chased, beaten and robbed of headphones. They left the victim laying in a ball on the ground and his injuries included an impacted tooth and black eyes.

The trio of offenders then stole a cellphone from the victim’s girlfriend as she tried to call for help. One of the robbers told her they were Manitoba Warriors and would kill her boyfriend if she didn’t hand it over.

Court heard about two different sides of the young offender.

One account describes him as a binge-drinking drug user with gang ties who gets involved in crimes of violence. The other is that of a student and athlete whose teacher and coach describe as "respectful," "reflective" and a "leader."

Richert suggested that the youth could still head down a positive path in his life with the right guidance. On his part, the youth claims he has now left the gang.

Tarwid sentenced him to six months in jail on top of 45 days already served in pre-sentence custody. That will be followed by three months supervision in the community, then 18 months probation.

A 17-year-old co-accused boy recently received practically the same sentence for the robberies and other crimes.

A 14-year-old boy is set to be sentenced in January for the robberies and other offences.

» ihitchen@brandonsun.com

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 20, 2012

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

A youth who took part in a violent gang-related robbery, then attacked another youth at a city high school and flashed gang signs at the victim has been jailed.

Despite that, the judge encouraged the teen to turn his life around, quoting his high school coach who described him as "worth it."

Please subscribe to view full article.

Already subscribed? Login to view full article.

Not yet a subscriber? Click here to sign up

A youth who took part in a violent gang-related robbery, then attacked another youth at a city high school and flashed gang signs at the victim has been jailed.

Despite that, the judge encouraged the teen to turn his life around, quoting his high school coach who described him as "worth it."

Subscription required to view full article.

A subscription to the Brandon Sun Newspaper is required to view this article. Please update your user information if you are already a newspaper subscriber.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
The First World War at 100

Social Media