Youth pleads guilty to three charges from knife attack


FALL RIVER: The youth charged in the knife attack near Lockview High in Fall River last November has pled guilty to three of the five charges he was facing.

On March 7, the 15-year-old, who can’t be identified because of the Nova Scotia Young Offenders Act, pled guilty to charges of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose; assault with a weapon; and extortion.

Two other charges—uttering threats and aggravated assault—will likely be dealt with at his sentencing, which is scheduled for June 7, said Chris Hansen, communications spokesperson with the N.S. Public Prosecution Service.

On Nov. 19, the alleged incident is said to have taken place in a wooded area near the school where the youth charged is alleged to have used a knife on another 15-year-old youth. The gash on the victim’s neck required six stitches.

He was to begin a trial on March 27, before he had pled guilty to the three charges.