AS­SAULT DE­SCRIBED AS ‘VI­O­LENCE’

Krista Cochrane pleads guilty to as­sault­ing 12-year-old boy

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MIL­LI­CENT MCKAY

Krista Cochrane pleads guilty to as­sault­ing 12-year-old boy

A woman was sen­tenced to 45 days in jail this week for two as­saults on a 12-year-old boy who was vis­it­ing at her home.

Krista Cochrane, who ini­tially pleaded not guilty to the charge, changed her plea on Aug. 27 be­fore ap­pear­ing in pro­vin­cial court in Sum­mer­side.

In a state­ment sub­mit­ted to the court, it was noted that the boy threw a tem­per tantrum and pushed one of the other chil­dren.

Cochrane grabbed the boy and struck him once in the but­tock area with a plas­tic spoon. She then took him down the hall­way, into a bed­room, and struck him in the thigh, which left a mark.

The state­ment also de­tailed an in­ci­dent, which oc­curred the next morn­ing, when an is­sue arose be­tween the 12-year-old and an­other child. In­ter­ven­ing, Cochrane slapped the boy with an open hand, twice. One slap left a hand­print and a small scratch. Re­fus­ing to go into a bed­room, Cochrane pushed him, lead­ing him to strike his arm on a door­knob. She also slapped his arm, which caused a mark.

The boy was kept home from school the next day.

Upon re­turn­ing to school, the boy’s teacher no­ticed the mark and asked what hap­pened.

When the boy said Cochrane hit him, the teacher asked the prin­ci­pal to take the boy from the class­room.

The prin­ci­pal no­ti­fied Child Pro­tec­tion Ser­vices.

In hand­ing down his sen­tence, Judge Jeff Lantz noted the ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tors in the case in­cluded Cochrane’s prior record of as­sault for an in­ci­dent in 2012 and the age of the vic­tim.

“You can see from the pic­ture… the slaps were of some force,” he said.

“You can­not re­sort to un­rea­son­able force or, in this case, what I would call vi­o­lence,” he told Cochrane.

In ad­di­tion to the jail sen­tence, which she will serve in­ter­mit­tently, Cochrane was given 24 months pro­ba­tion and or­dered to pay a $100 vic­tim sur­charge.

She is re­quired to write a let­ter of apol­ogy to the vic­tim, as well as un­dergo coun­selling for anger man­age­ment and other rec­om­men­da­tions made by the court, her pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer and Child Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices.

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