A teenaged girl sobbed uncontrollably in court on Tuesday, showing remorse for her involvement in the brutal beating and robbery of a disabled man in Mount Pearl last September.
The 15-year-old girl, who was 14 at the time, had a major drug and alcohol problem when the assault took place outside of Mount Pearl Plaza.
The disabled man had been enticed to the plaza, thinking he was going on a date to see a movie.
The girl and another young male talked the man into going into a nearby wooded area.
The group of a total of five attackers took the man's phone, wallet, and jewelry – worth about $1,000 in total. The man received a broken nose, cuts, and abrasions in the attack.
The court was told that she had kicked the victim in the face, and then bragged about it.
At first she denied that fact, but then admitted that after the beating, she texted: "We f---ing almost killed a guy."
The girl broke down in tears when she addressed the court on Tuesday.
"The day that happened had a huge impact on his and his family's life. I feel terrible for what I did. He's afraid to go outside. Can't trust anyone no more. I think about it every day. If I could go back in time. I'm sorry," she said.
Judge Pamela Goulding sentenced the girl to nine months of open custody, followed by four-and-a-half months of supervision in the community.
It was the same sentence that Goulding gave to an older girl in January for her role in the attack.
The girl sentenced on Tuesday was also put on a year's probation for writing her name on the back seat of a sheriff's vehicle.
A 17-year-old male involved in the attack also pleaded guilty on Tuesday to assault causing bodily harm.
He will be sentenced in April.
Another young man who was allegedly involved is going to trial.
And another young woman is due back in court next week.