Whitehorse teen guilty of killing mother's ex
Girl, 17, acquitted on murder charge but convicted of manslaughter
A 17-year-old Whitehorse girl has been found guilty of manslaughter in the 2009 stabbing death of her mother's ex-boyfriend, who had refused to move out of their home.
Territorial court Judge John Faulkner handed down the verdict on Wednesday, acquitting the teen on the original charge of second-degree murder.
The girl, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was instead convicted on the lesser charge of manslaughter.
In his verdict, Faulkner said the girl is, by all appearances, a normal teenager — except for the fact that she had stabbed the 56-year-old man multiple times with a knife on Aug. 8, 2009, in the home where they lived with the girl's mother in Whitehorse's Crestview neighbourhood.
During the trial earlier this year, court heard that the man had been in a live-in relationship with the teen's mother, but he later became an unwelcome guest in their home.
The man refused to move out of the house even after his relationship with the mother ended. Court heard that the man stayed at home all the time, drinking beer and watching television.
The girl testified during the trial that the man knew she disliked his constant presence, but he seemed to go out of his way to annoy her and invade her personal space.
Attack came 'out of nowhere,' judge says
Defence lawyers argued that the girl was in a disassociative state when she stabbed the man about a dozen times with a kitchen knife.
Faulkner rejected that argument on Wednesday, but he also refused to accept as proof of intent the girl's statement to her mother of, "I did it, I finally did it."
"In short, the attack came seemingly out of nowhere," Faulkner told the court. "It is like reading a book with the final chapter missing."
While the girl clearly wanted to hurt the man, Faulkner said he "cannot say beyond a reasonable doubt she intended to cause his death."
Outside the Whitehorse courthouse, the girl told friends and family that she is relieved with the manslaughter verdict.
Lawyers have ordered the girl to undergo a psychiatric assessment before a sentencing hearing is held sometime next month.