Woman sentenced for role in homeless man beating
Jennifer Lynn MacLeod pleaded guilty to being accessory after the fact
A judge has sentenced a Boularderie woman to one year in jail and two years of probation for her role in the brutal beating of a homeless man in North Sydney last year.
Jennifer Lynn MacLeod, 23, of Calabash Road had earlier pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to an aggravated assault, and with breaching her probation by failing to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.
She was one of six accused charged in the July 14, 2014, attack on Shawn Kurtis Jack, 48.
Four people were involved in the attack, while two others provided assistance after the beating.
“As far as Ms. MacLeod is concerned, her involvement is after the fact,” Judge Jean Whalen said during sentencing Tuesday.
“As disrespectful and morally reprehensive as her action may be, her crime is one that amounts to an interference of the administration of justice.”
MacLeod has served almost one year on remand and Tuesday’s decision means she will serve another 15 days in jail.
Strict conditions were applied to her probation, including no alcohol, no drugs and no weapons. She must also complete community service work, write a letter of apology to Jack, make a reasonable effort to seek employment and counselling, and not have contact with the five others charged.
Earlier this month, the court heard that MacLeod was with three other people on July 14, 2014, when they left an apartment to go to where Jack lived, on the belief that he had been spreading some rumours.
The two men arrived at the location before MacLeod. When she approached, she could hear but didn’t witness the violent beating and left the area. Afterwards, she was at the apartment with the same group when she was given one of the weapons used in the attack and washed hair and blood off of it.
Jack was struck with such force that his skull was crushed and parts became embedded in his brain. He continues his recovery in a rehabilitation facility where he must learn to talk, walk and feed himself again.
A 25-year-old North Sydney man, was sentenced recently to 11 years for his role in the crime, while his 16-year-old girlfriend was sentenced to nine months, followed by a 15month probation period. Another North Sydney man served 134 days after pleading guilty to obstruction.
Cory Patrick Richard Blinkhorn, 22, was recently committed to stand trial on charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault, wearing a disguise (a bandana) in committing an offence, and falsely representing himself as a police officer.
Two other accused have preliminary hearings scheduled.