Alberni youth to plead guilty in Roger Creek sex assault case

A lawyer for a Port Alberni youth accused of assaulting a teenage girl says his client intends to plead guilty at his next appearance.

A Port Alberni young offender accused of attempted murder and sexual assault against a 16-year-old girl intends to plead guilty to some of the charges, says his lawyer.

Lawyer Stephen T. Littley addressed the Port Alberni youth court via video conference from the Victoria Youth Detention Centre on Thursday (Aug. 22, 2013), informing the court of his client’s decision.

“We decided this matter should go onto Sept. 5 and we expect to enter guilty pleas to certain charges,” Littley said, while seated next to his client. “[The young offender] will make a personal attendance.”

Littley did not elaborate to which charges his client intends to plead guilty.

The young offender, 16, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon and attempt to strangle. He is alleged to have attacked the girl in the early evening of May 21, 2013 near Roger Creek Park.

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