Youth gets jail time for stabbing

A teenage girl arrested in connection with a summer stabbing in Vernon's Polson Park will stay in jail.

A teenage girl arrested in connection with a summer stabbing in Polson Park will stay in jail.

The 15-year-old, who can’t be named under the Young Offenders Act, was sentenced in Vernon Provincial Court Wednesday to a total of one year in prison, to be followed by six months of intensive supervision upon her release. After that, the teen will be placed on probation for one year.

The youth was also handed a 10-year firearms prohibition.

The teen had been facing three counts, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon and breach of a recognizance in connection with an incident in Polson Park on Aug. 21.

Witnesses that night told police two girls were arguing in the park at around 8:15 p.m. when one pulled a knife and stabbed the other, then fled on foot westbound from the park across Highway 97.

The teen suspect was arrested three days later in the Salmon Arm area, and remained in custody pending her sentence.

A 16-year-old girl suffered two stab wounds to the stomach and back, and lost quite a bit of blood.

She was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital, then transported to Kelowna General Hospital for emergency surgery.

The court gave the girl six months in jail, three months of intensive supervision, one-year probation and the 10-year firearms ban for the aggravated assault charge; two months in jail and three months supervision for the breach, to be served concurrently with the assault charge; and the court stayed the possession charge.

The girl was given six months in custody and three months supervision, to be served consecutively with the other counts, for a previous robbery charge.


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