New Waterford teen hospitalized following attack

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Man, young offender charged with assault

NEW WATERFORD — A Scotchtown man and a New Waterford boy are facing charges in conjunction with an alleged assault Wednesday that now has a 14-year old New Waterford boy in hospital for the sixth day.

Cape Breton Regional Police

Dakota Charles Williams, 18, of Scotchtown, is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Sydney on Wednesday for a bail hearing on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Williams has been remanded pending the court appearance.

A 17-year old boy from New Waterford who cannot be named in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act has been charged with aggravated assault and has been released on conditions.

On Monday, Theresa Sudworth of New Waterford said her son Alexander, 14, was still in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and is doing good.

"He's getting better every day. He’s got bruising on his brain, a fracture on his skull and what we're told could be a busted or fractured eardrum."

Sudworth said her son was on Eighth Street between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. with a group of girls at the time of the incident.

She said from what she's been told, the group was walking arm in arm when the suspects yelled at them and said "Say something to us again, I dare you."

Sudworth said her son said he hadn’t said anything to the suspects.

"He had his headphones on and didn't know what was going on."

Sudworth said the suspects then said "Say something again and I'm beating your boyfriend."

She said one of the girls replied again "We didn't say anything to you."

Sudworth said she was told the person then jumped the fence and began hitting her son with a baton.

"My son started fighting back to defend himself," she said.

"The other boy jumped in and attacked him and said, 'Don't hit my friend.'"

She said one of the girls called police but in the meantime a vehicle stopped.

"My son said the driver tried to break up the fight."

Sudworth said her son didn't know the suspects.

"He doesn't remember anything after being hit in the head the first time."

She said he didn't have any visible marks on his face but then she discovered he had bruising on his arm, his leg and his back and had blood coming from his ear. She took him to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital where he remains.

Sudworth said her son recently also had a mild concussion from a soccer incident.

"They want to keep an eye on him."

Desiree Vassallo, spokeswoman for the Cape Breton Regional Police Service, said that on July 23 on 9:40 p.m. police were called to Eighth Street in New Waterford where it a boy had reportedly been assaulted.

She said apparently a group of seven youths were walking along Eighth Street, including the victim.

"They were approached by two other young males who struck the victim."

A vehicle arrived on scene shortly after.

"The two suspects got in the vehicle and left the scene."

Vassallo said the two suspects were arrested the following day and charged.

She said the people with the victim were able to identify the suspects.

smontgomery@cbpost.com

Organizations: Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Cape Breton Regional Police Service

Geographic location: New Waterford, Eighth Street, Scotchtown Sydney

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  • wow
    July 31, 2014 - 09:23

    The 2 guys that beat up the young 14 year old should be charged and something done plain and simple . They did the crime now do the time. And also what type of person are you to have to use a weapon on a 14 year old??????

  • It's terrible
    July 29, 2014 - 21:33

    the police are only able to give him a night in jail with bail...

  • Retired Security officer
    July 29, 2014 - 21:29

    It's true, what part of the Cape do you live in?

  • This is happening all over Cape Breton
    July 29, 2014 - 11:41

    The police don't want to do the paper work, happened during Canada day a worker was attacked by a group of young adults, and in Sydney another young boy was hospitalized. Everyone knows who the attackers are but the police are always too lazy to investigate. I've heard a police officer himself say If you're alone and attacked there is nothing they will do during or after the attack in Cape Breton.

    • Seriously.
      July 29, 2014 - 19:02

      Are you serious? Police don't want to do the paper work? You need to get your head checked. Once police are aware of an assault or dispatched to a complaint the officer must investigate the matter fully before it gets concluded. I think your blame should be towards the courts not the police. But yet again it's always a lot easier to just blame the police.

    • Ryan Iannetti
      July 29, 2014 - 21:40

      In response to "Seriously." Police funding If they don't get money they don't bother.

    • Terrible
      July 30, 2014 - 00:30

      Just like the police to try and cover up their mistakes..

  • When does the charges fit the crime?
    July 29, 2014 - 10:24

    A seventeen and eighteen yr olds beat up a 14 yr old with a weapon? This is so terrible! This is not unlike the beaten in North Sydney that cauaed a man to to be air lifted to Halifax. Are the lawmakers expecting the citizens to take the mattr in our own hands? Because if the penalty does fit ... something will start happening

  • Stephen Marshe
    July 29, 2014 - 10:10

    I left this town 37 years ago & it was the best thing I ever did....going to school as a child there was so much violence, and if you didn't defend yourself you would get assaulted on a regular basis. I choose to defend myself and was left alone by the local bullies....but the things like this happening in New Waterford now are beyond just a couple of kids fighting and its only a matter of time before some young kid loses his/her life over blatant thuggery, I truly believe that the drugs in this town that lots of these kids are abusing is the main reason for the escalation to how violent these attacks are becoming over the last 10 years in my home town. My heart felt thoughts go out to this young victim and his Mother. As for the two thugs that were 4 years older than him and used a club to beat him down, all I can say is they are Cowards of the Highest degree. Hoping this young man has a speedy recovery and no long term effects from this Cowardly act of thuggery. All the best Alexander!!!