ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Two teenagers involved in a violent attack at Prince of Wales Collegiate in 2023 expressed remorse during a sentencing hearing on Friday in court. The accused, aged 16 and 18, apologized to the judge and the victim’s family for their actions, which resulted in life-threatening injuries to a PWC student.
The details of the attack have been presented through video footage and impact statements from the victim, family, and school staff. Prosecutors argued for a two-year sentence for the younger teen and 18 months for the elder, as per the maximum sentence permitted under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Both accused pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and other charges.
The sentencing decision for the two teenagers, who are currently in custody, will be announced next month. The prosecution sought to highlight the severity of the attack, emphasizing the need for a sentence that promotes a sense of responsibility in the accused and acknowledges the harm caused.
The defense attorneys for the teenagers also presented their arguments in court, advocating for remand credit and alternative sentencing for their clients. Two of the co-accused have already pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and received their sentences earlier this month.
The entire incident surrounding the attack has been kept confidential until all accused have had their day in court. Only when the last accused, Tyler Greening, goes through his legal proceedings will the details of the attack be made public to protect his right to a fair trial.
This case serves as a reminder of the impact of violent actions on individuals and the community as a whole. The judge’s decision on the sentencing of the two teenagers will determine the course of justice for the victim and the accused.