A woman pleaded guilty Thursday to her role in a group assault at Brandon’s downtown skatepark in September 2020.
Naomi Williams pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and mischief to a motor vehicle in the incident, marking the third person to do so.
Williams was part of a group that is alleged to have attacked Kevin Taylor at the Kristopher Campbell Memorial Skatepark at approximately 7:40 p.m. on Sept. 3, 2020.
At one point, Taylor had one of the accused pinned to the ground before several others started kicking and hitting him. Another person eventually came and then allegedly stabbed him.
Taylor was transported to hospital with stab wounds but made a full recovery.
Nearby witnesses later told police the alleged attackers had yelled slurs at Taylor, a Black man, before the fight broke out.
No facts in William’s case were read in court Thursday morning.
Williams appeared in court via video, wearing a white mask and grey sweatshirt.
She said she understood the charges against her and no one was forcing or pressuring her to plead guilty.
While she was initially charged with public incitement of hatred, Crown attorney Grant Hughes stayed the charge Thursday.
Williams was not sentenced Thursday as defence lawyer Bob Harrison ordered a presentence Gladue report. The report is scheduled to be completed in early March.
Savannah Catagas, 22, was sentenced to one year of supervised probation for her role in the group attack on Taylor earlier in January.
Freedom Williams pleaded guilty to assault in the incident. She was sentenced in February 2021 to an 18-month suspended sentence and 225 days time served in jail.
The charges for Annie Huntinghawk and Steven Jason Huntinghawk are still before the court. The charges have not been heard in court and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Williams is scheduled to appear in court again in mid-March and be sentenced at a future date.
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