2nd teen pleads guilty in seal bludgeoning case
Another teen has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in connection with the killing of seals earlier this year in eastern P.E.I.
About 50 grey seals were found dead or dying on an isolated beach in eastern P.E.I. in January. Staff at Charlottetown's Atlantic Veterinary College examined 10 carcasses and determined they had been bludgeoned to death. Three teenagers — aged 15, 17 and 18 — were charged in the case following an investigation by RCMP and fisheries officers.
Eighteen-year-old Colton Hall Clements pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and disturbing marine mammals on Tuesday.
The two teenagers in provincial court in Georgetown Thursday cannot be named due to their age. Both boys had a parent with them in court. Both were dressed neatly and spoke politely to the judge, saying yes ma'am, no ma'am in response to her questions.
The 15-year-old, who did have a lawyer, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and disturbing marine mammals. Judge Nancy Orr cautioned the 17-year-old boy against entering a plea until getting some legal advice of his own. He will be back next week to enter his plea.
Youth workers are now preparing pre-sentencing reports on Clements and the younger boy who pleaded guilty Thursday. They'll appear in court June 6 for sentencing.