Young offender gets probation

Teen pleads guilty to Oak Bay Tea Party assault

A young man who pleaded guilty to robbery and assault during the Oak Bay Tea Party received 12 months probation with strict conditions attached.

“It was a 12-month intensive supervision order,” said Oak Bay Chief Constable Mark Fisher.

Oak Bay Police responded to an armed robbery on June 2 around 2 p.m. in the 2400-block of Beach Dr. where a group of Asian home-stay students were approached by a pair of teens. One youth grabbed a home-stay student and stole his wallet.

The wallet owner and his friend fought back, facing mace and a pair of knives. The victim was treated by ambulance at the scene for decontamination from the mace.

The Victoria teen, who was 15 at the time of the assault, must be of good behaviour; obey a curfew to be inside his residence between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., except with the prior written permission of the youth worker; have no contact with the co-accused, witnesses or victims; not possess or consume alcohol, controlled substance or weapons; must attend, participate in and successfully complete any assessment, counselling, or program as directed by his youth worker and attend and participate in a victim-offender reconciliation program under the supervision of the youth worker.

At the time of the robbery the young man was already on an undertaking for an earlier mischief charge that had occurred in Oak Bay.

He was charged with robbery, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and a breach of undertaking. He plead guilty to the robbery, assault with a weapon and the outstanding mischief charges.

Police say the second suspect, a Saanich teen, brought the bear spray and brandished a knife while the first youth was struggling with the victim.

He was charged with robbery, assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and is still awaiting trial.