Wednesday July 23, 2014





Girl pleads guilty to assault and apologizes to friend

An assault by one teenage friend on another ended in an apology in a provincial courtroom Tuesday.

A Kamloops high-school student, who cannot be named under provisions in the Youth Criminal Justice Act, pleaded guilty to assaulting a friend.

Crown articling student Evan Goulet said there "seemed to be a falling out" between the two girls prior to the fight in May last year.

"There seemed to be an incident at school about getting other people in trouble."

The victim was accosted in the parking lot of Northills Mall, grabbed by the hair and punched once in the face by her friend.

The victim ran to a neighbouring restaurant, where she called her mother for help.

But Goulet said the two made up via text messages after the incident. He declined to ask for a typical no-contact order because the two girls wanted to re-establish their friendship.

At the end of the sentence hearing, the girl who pleaded guilty to assault turned and quietly told her friend, "I'm sorry for what I did.

"I'm ashamed for it."

Provincial court Judge Stella Frame called the assault "an appalling act" but said the girl deserved a second chance.

Frame levied a conditional discharge, including 20 hours of community work service.





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