Youth pleads guilty to weapons-re­lated charges

De­fence re­quests psy­cho­log­i­cal as­sess­ment

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

A 17-year-old Char­lot­te­town youth in­volved in an April in­ci­dent be­hind the Char­lot­te­town Mall that came to a head when he was shot in the leg by po­lice en­tered guilty pleas Fri­day in youth court to a num­ber of weapons-re­lated charges.

The ac­cused, whose iden­tity is pro­tected un­der the Youth Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act, pleaded guilty to four charges in all.

Two other charges, one re­lat­ing to the wear­ing of a dis­guise, the other re­lat­ing to mis­lead­ing po­lice, were stayed by the Crown. But the facts re­lat­ing to those charges can still be read into the record when he is sen­tenced.

Coun­sel for the ac­cused re­quested Fri­day that his client un­dergo a psy­cho­log­i­cal as­sess­ment. The re­quest for an as­sess­ment was not op­posed by the Crown.

The mat­ter re­turns to court July 20, at which time a date will be fixed for sen­tence. The court will also be up­dated at that time about the psy­cho­log­i­cal as­sess­ment.

The ac­tions of po­lice con­tinue to be in­ves­ti­gated by the Hal­i­faxbased Se­ri­ous In­ci­dent Re­sponse Team. Its re­port should be com­pleted as early as next week.

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