Teen sentenced to custody

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AMHERST – A 16-year-old Amherst male was sentenced to four weeks custody for breaching a Youth Criminal Justice Act sentence.

The male, whose identity is protected under the act, was to attend counselling sessions as part of a youth sentence between Jan. 8, 2009, and Jan. 7, 2010.

While he attended some sessions, Crown attorney Mary Ellen Nurse told Judge John MacDougall that the male participated at the minimal level to avoid jail time.

“He was disruptive to others,” Nurse told the judge during the sentencing hearing.

Judge MacDougall, after reading a pre-sentence report prepared for the male, said the report suggested the youth thinks women and those of other races are inferior.

“I just do it for (expletive) and giggles,” the 16-year-old told the judge.

Nurse also brought up an issue of the youth asking other session participates for oral sex.

“When you’re in a program and you ask others for oral sex, is that a joke to you?” asked the judge.

“Looking at your background and some of your hate issues, you need to do something to bring yourself around.”

For breaching the sentence, the youth was given a six-week custody sentence — four to be served in custody and two on a conditional sentence.

“Nobody in this world is hanging around you to be your patsy and for you to take the attitude that they are, there’s something wrong,” the judge added.

The judge noted the male had a history of breaches and felt another probationary sentence would be a “waste of time.”

“There has to be some sort of accountability for your actions up until now,” he said.

rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

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