Women jailed for ven­detta at­tack

The Prince George Citizen - - Front Page - Mark NIELSEN Cit­i­zen staff mnielsen@pgc­i­t­i­zen.ca

Sig­nif­i­cant sen­tences have been is­sued to three women for a De­cem­ber 2016 con­fine­ment and “ven­datta-based” at­tack on a woman.

Mandi Lee Zacharuk, 30, was sen­tenced to a fur­ther 575 days in jail, while both Ter­i­lyn Rose Haskell, 29, and Celia Anne Robin­son, 35, must serve a fur­ther 545 days for the at­tack. The terms were is­sued Sept. 4.

In March, Ol­lie James Henyu, 36, was sen­tenced to time served of 368 days in cus­tody for at­tempt­ing to pre­vent the vic­tim from telling her story to po­lice.

Dur­ing that sen­tenc­ing hear­ing, the court heard the vic­tim had shown up at a 1700-block Pear­son Av­enue home to buy crack co­caine and was rec­og­nized as the per­pe­tra­tor of a kid­nap­ping of one of the other women in the home.

Af­ter the vic­tim had smoked the co­caine, four women turned on her to set­tle the score.

De­spite her claim that she was only a by­stander to the kid­nap­ping, she was re­peat­edly punched and kicked while the mu­sic was turned up to drown out her screams.

Then she was dragged into the bath­room, put in the bath­tub and told she might be killed.

One of the at­tack­ers then brought a sawed-off shot­gun into the bath­room, told the vic­tim it was loaded and she was go­ing to pull the trig­ger.

She placed the bar­rel in the vic­tim’s mouth, then struck her in the head with the gun while the oth­ers con­tin­ued to hit her.

Her mouth was then duct­taped af­ter a rag was put in to keep her quiet and Henyu, whose re­la­tion to the oth­ers was not made clear dur­ing the hear­ing, was called for ad­vice on next steps. Henyu ar­rived at the home shortly af­ter and told the woman to tell po­lice she had been jumped by two men on the street and if she gave the real story, she would be killed.

The top por­tion of the vic­tim’s hair was then cut off and her cell­phone taken be­fore she was let go.

She went to a neigh­bour­ing home where an am­bu­lance was called and she was taken to hos­pi­tal.

The vic­tim suf­fered a con­cus­sion, a bro­ken nose, sev­eral cuts and a burn to her chest con­sis­tent with be­ing singed with a cig­a­rette.

When RCMP ar­rived at the hos­pi­tal, she ini­tially told the story Henyu had or­dered her to tell. But she then said she had been as­saulted at a home but was afraid to pro­vide any fur­ther de­tails for fear she would be at­tacked again.

But RCMP found a piece of pa­per with the home’s ad­dress on her and, af­ter she was re­leased from hos­pi­tal, the vic­tim pro­vided two fur­ther state­ments.

The four were ar­rested at the home and ev­i­dence con­sis­tent with the story po­lice had been given was col­lected.

Henyu, mean­while, was ap­pre­hended a few days later.

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