Appearing handcuffed before Regional Senior Judge,Her Honour Justice Bonnie Warkentin, in Courtroom 302 is a 16 year old teen whom has plead guilty to manslaughter in the stabbing death of 25 year old William Otis Perkins and the aggravated assault stabbing of another 27 year old male survivor.
City police, along with firefighters and paramedics, were called to the Limbrick Street Housing Complex neighbourhood playground after 3 a.m. on Friday, September 2, 2016 following reports of a stabbing. Thunder Bay Police arrested a teenager who cannot be named as per the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
The teen who was 14 years old and out on bail for previous criminal offences when he killed Perkins and stabbed the other male is dressed in institutional burgundy track pants and sweater. He’s been held in custody at the Ronald Lester Youth Center since this vicious attack.
There are about 20 family members of the victim in court today as well as the surviving victim of the knife attack. A few family members of the convicted killer are here as well.
He’s represented by local lawyer David Dubinsky and the Crown Attorney is Jane Ann McGill.
The teen was scheduled to be sentenced today but because of a report received in the past 24 hours to Crown and Defence. Dubinsky tells the court that he’s not had an opportunity to review the latest report with his client yet.
Several family members of the deceased have travelled lengthy distances to be here today for sentencing. The court is informed that an adjournment will be required for an Intensive Rehabilitation Assessment. Members of Perkins family are crying and upset. They were ready to deliver Victim Impact Statements and now that will be delayed. The Gladue factors of the killer teen will be read into the record at the sentencing hearing. There is no Gladue factors for victims of this violent crime.
Under the YCJA, custody sentences are intended primarily for violent offenders and serious repeat offenders. The YCJA also allows judges to impose an intensive rehabilitative custody and supervision order if a youth has been found guilty of a serious violent offence and is suffering from a mental, psychological or emotional disorder. In these cases, an individualized plan of treatment and intensive supervision is developed for the young person.
Madame Justice Warkentin may issue the Intensive Rehabilitative Custody & Supervision Order at sentencing in April.
Intensive Rehabilitative Custody and Supervision (“IRCS”): This is a special and rare sentence for a serious violent offender.
This sentence is a period of custody with mandatory treatment, followed by a period of conditional supervision and support in the community.
The judge can impose this sentence if:
* The youth has been found guilty of one of the presumptive offences (e.g. murder)
* The youth is suffering from a mental or psychological disorder or an emotional disturbance
* An individualized treatment plan has been developed for the youth and there is an appropriate program available to which the youth is suitable for admission.
* THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF TIME THIS TEENAGER WILL RECEIVE FOR THIS KILLING IS 3 YEARS.
NO OTHER LOCAL MEDIA WAS PRESENT.