A Yorkton, Sask. man has been sentenced to just under two years in jail after abducting a 10-year-old girl from the fair in 2011.
Melvin Dale Koroluk, 59, will also be on probation for two years after he gets out of jail, according to the April 9 sentence.
Court heard that on July 6, 2011, Koroluk approached the girl at the Yorkton Exhibition while she was watching an arcade game being played.
Girl promised money
He told her that if she came back to where his car was parked, he could give her money to play the game.
She followed him there, and got into the car after he said they would drive back closer to the fair. Instead, he then drove away from the fair and took her out of town to an isolated area on a gravel road.
He said he'd give her money if she was nice and told her to lie down. She said no, said she didn't want any money, and he hit her.
She tried to climb out of the car, but he grabbed her leg and pushed her back.
Then she escaped out another window and ran into a farmer's field.
He said he'd give her money and he'd drive her back to the fair, but she kept running.
Pink shirt seen in yellow field
Later, an employee at a local canola-crushing plant noticed her standing in a field — she was wearing a pink shirt and the canola was bright yellow — and called police.
The little girl was worried the citizen was an accomplice of her abductor and ducked out of sight until police officers arrived.
Then she revealed herself.
She wasn't hurt, court was told.
A few days later, the girl and her mother were walking down the street when they spotted the man, whom the girl had previously described as "old, balding, gray hair, glasses."
Citizen makes arrest
Bystander Harley Kaye said he heard two women yelling words to the effect of "Stop that man, he’s the one that kidnapped that little girl" and chased after Koroluk.
When Kaye caught up with Koroluk, he made a citizen's arrest and made sure Koroluk stayed put until police arrived.
In court, Korluk pleaded guilty to the Criminal Code charge of taking a person under the age of 16 out of the possession of and against the will of her mother.
Court heard the unemployed former arcade game technician was remorseful and had no criminal record. He apologized to the family.
The girl's mother said her daughter was "very, very frightened" and today has a hard time trusting people.
Girl called courageous, resourceful
Queen's Bench Justice Catherine Dawson praised the girl, calling her "feisty."
She should be given credit for having the presence of mind to jump out of the window and run away, Dawson said in her written decision.
"She is obviously a smart, resourceful and courageous girl," Dawson said.