A teenager who shattered the elbow of another says he attacked the victim over a marijuana deal gone bad.
Initially described as a robbery, through his lawyer the offender offered his explanation for the offence in court on Monday as he entered a guilty plea to an assault charge.
“(The offender) takes the position that arrangements were made to purchase some marijuana, there was an unsatisfactory amount that was provided, which then led to the altercation,” defence lawyer Ryan Fawcett said.
The youth, who can’t be identified, pleaded guilty in Brandon provincial court on Monday to assault causing bodily harm.
He was initially charged with aggravated assault, robbery and assault with a weapon as it was alleged the attacker hit the victim with a board.
However, the young offender denies that he used a weapon and he pleaded guilty on Monday to assault causing bodily harm.
The assault with a weapon, aggravated assault and robbery charges were then dropped.
Crown attorney Grant Hughes said that on June 11, the offender and another teenage boy were messaging via Facebook and they agreed to get together to smoke marijuana.
The 17-year-old offender went to the victim’s home, but told the victim he didn’t want to smoke there. They went to an alley out of sight and, as the victim looked down to roll a marijuana cigarette, the offender attacked.
The offender maintains that at one point he chased the victim who he tripped. The elbow was injured when the victim fell to the ground.
The offender picked up the marijuana and fled.
The victim went to hospital where he underwent surgery to have metal plates placed in his arm, which was then placed in a cast. He spent two days in hospital and reported the assault to police when he was released.
During a previous court appearance for the offender, who remains in custody, court heard that the victim’s elbow was shattered.
The offender also pleaded guilty to an unrelated charge of having contact with a person he was under a court order not to be with.
Sentencing has been set for Sept. 16.
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