Egged on by drunken teens at a bush party, a 16-year-old Westsyde girl admitted to repeatedly kicking a former friend who was curled up in a fetal position to protect herself.
The teen pleaded guilty to assault Monday in provincial court. She cannot be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Crown lawyer Will Burrows outlined the events of March 8 this year during a bush party at Turtle Hill in Westsyde. RCMP were called after a fight.
The victim, who was drunk, was led down the hill by friends, and “near hysterical” after the beating by at least two girls.
The fight started when one of the girls believed the victim was spreading rumours about her, Burrows said. The victim tried to intervene in an argument, telling one of the accused, who pushed another girl at the party, that fighting was immature.
That’s when she was knocked down. When she got up, one of the party-goers jumped on top of her.
While one teenage girl pleaded guilty Monday, a second accused of straddling the victim and punching her in the head has elected to stand trial on the charge.
Burrows said accounts of the fight are confused because many of the party-goers were drunk. While the attackers were “wound up” by the crowd, others told her to stop kicking the girl on the ground, the Crown lawyer said.
Defence lawyer Dmytro Antonovych said his client is an average student, who typically receives grades of B or C on her report card.
“Average 16-year-olds don’t get into brawls,” replied judge Stella Frame, calling it “monstrous behaviour.”
Frame sentenced the girl to 10 months probation. Terms include that she not drink alcohol and take counselling as directed. She is also under a curfew between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Frame warned her the no-contact provision includes through Facebook and texting, including through other people.
Antonovych said his client is in the midst of a family breakup. She was a friend of the victim and wants to write a letter of apology and eventually reconnect.
But she is bound by a no-contact order during the probation. Antonovych also said his client gave a full statement to police and may be a witness in the upcoming trial against the second girl.