A teen who smashed his longboard over the head of a 46-year-old man outside a 7-Eleven, putting him in a coma, pleaded guilty Thursday to all charges.
The 15-year-old cannot be named due to provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
His lawyer, Tom Weiss, entered a guilty plea on his behalf to charges of possession of a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault, mischief, uttering threats and breach of probation for the March 24 incident as well as subsequent run-ins with a bylaw officer and ministry workers while on bail.
The youth is living in a home on the Island, where he is under 24-hour supervision by Ministry of Children and Family Development. Weiss said the teen did not appear in court due to the costs and labour involved with transferring him here for a 10-minute appearance in court.
The youth is expected later in court for a sentence hearing. An earlier court-ordered psychiatric report found the teen, who turns 16 in November, has post-traumatic stress disorder, Asperger syndrome and Tourette syndrome.
The Crown has not detailed the sentence it will seek.
His victim, Michael Forry, said he’s pleased at the decision but not surprised. The incident was captured on video by cameras at the convenience store.
“I think it’s pretty hard to plead not guilty when it’s on film.”
According to police at the time, one of the people in a vehicle believed that someone in a group of pedestrians had struck the vehicle with an object as it passed by. The SUV then pulled into the store parking lot and Forry got out to speak with the teens.
The verbal altercation turned violent.
The Crown, based on video evidence taken at a 7-Eleven store in Brocklehurst, alleges the youth smashed Forry on the back of the head after Forry looked away.
Forry, who was brain injured and is now on long-term disability, told The Daily News on Thursday he is struggling financially and has difficulty seeing medical experts because of his home in a remote part of B.C.
“It’s been hard on me. I know he said I did this and that — it’s not the way it was. There’s no way he could get away with any of it.”
Forry is a single father of a 14-year-old girl. Prior to the assault, he worked as a heavy-duty equipment operator at a mine, earning $90,000 a year. He was in a coma for two months.
“I can’t do anything (now),” he said. “I’m on a long-term disability. . . . Now my credit card is maxed out — everything is maxed out.”
Despite his injuries, Forry said he hopes to one day return to work.