A 14-year-old Dartmouth girl was allegedly tortured for several hours in a Marilyn Drive home because she and one of her attackers were both interested in the same boy, a search warrant suggests.
The warrant, obtained Thursday by The Chronicle Herald, was filed June 17 by Det. Const. Tanya Chambers, a Halifax Regional Police investigator looking into the June 14 incident in Dartmouth.
"The informant (Det. Const. Chambers) learned from interviewing the victim that the reason for the assault was that (one of the accused girls) and the victim . . . had both been dating the same boy . . . and that the victim felt (the girl) was jealous of her," Det. Const. Chambers wrote in the document.
The 14-year-old was burned several times with cigarettes, thrown down a set of stairs, beaten with a mop handle and punched in the face and had much of her hair cut off.
Five teenagers were each charged with aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm, uttering a death threat, unlawful confinement and two counts of assault with a weapon.
The girl and the five accused all know one another.
One 17-year-old boy has pleaded not guilty to those charges and to kidnapping. His trial is set for Feb. 23-24.
A second 17-year-old boy is due back in court Sept. 7. And two girls, 15 and 13, return to court Sept. 4 to enter pleas. Neither the minors nor the complainant can be named because of their ages.
On Thursday in Dartmouth provincial court, the only adult charged in the case pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting the girl with a mop handle. Brandon Weare, 18, returns to court Sept. 19 for sentencing. The other four charges against him will also be dealt with that day. He’ll remain in custody until then.
In the information to obtain the warrant, Det. Const. Chambers said police had reasonable grounds to believe that scissors, cut hair, white sneakers with pink bottoms, broom handles, cigarette butts, a damaged cellphone and a knife used to cut a sneaker would be found at the Marilyn Drive home.
According to the warrant, police seized several items at the home: a hammer, a knife used to cut the girl’s sneakers, blood droplets on the kitchen floor and on cardboard and a tissue in the kitchen, a mop and broken handle, hair on the bathroom floor and in the toilet, and a piece of paper in the entryway bearing the last name of one of the accused. Police also seized a bottle of cleaner, a sneaker and the sole and other parts of a sneaker.
A cellphone and cigarette butts were also found in the garbage and other cigarette butts were found throughout the home.
The girl suffered numerous injuries to her face, head and arms. She was taken to Dartmouth General Hospital, where she was treated and released.
On June 14, Halifax Regional Police received a call from the alleged victim’s mother, who said that her daughter had been assaulted in the area of Gaston Road, the warrant said.
Two police officers went to the girl’s residence and one accompanied the injured girl in an ambulance to Dartmouth General. During an audiotaped interview at the hospital, the complainant told officers she had gone to the Marilyn Drive home at about 12 noon that day. The five accused were also there.
The victim told police she had only been in the home for a few minutes when two girls began hitting her in the face with their fists. One of the girls also burned her several times with cigarettes, the warrant said.
The victim said the two girls threw her down the stairs from the main level of the house to the basement while Mr. Weare looked on, doing nothing to prevent the assault.
During her statement to Det. Const. Chambers and Det. Const. Johnathan Jefferies, the girl also disclosed that Mr. Weare and one of the girls had pinned her down in the bathroom while the second girl cut her hair off with scissors and put the hair in a garbage bag.
"The informant noted that (the complainant’s) hair seemed to be cut unevenly to her ear as if it had been chopped off," Det. Const. Chambers wrote. "(The complainant) told the informant that her hair had been below shoulder length prior to the assault."
The victim told the officers one of the girls threatened to kill her if she told police about the incident. And three of the accused, the girl said, stood in front of the exits to prevent her from escaping the assault.
"The informant can state that she personally viewed swelling to the (victim’s) left side of her face as well as several blister marks on her arms that appear to have been caused by cigarette burns (small circular burn pattern)," Det. Const. Chambers wrote.
When the victim tried to call 911 on her cellphone, one of the girls grabbed it and handed it to Mr. Weare, who smashed it on the floor, the document said.
The victim alleged the suspects took her white sneakers with pink soles, cut up one of them with a knife and put the other one in the toilet.
After the assault, the girl left the Marilyn Drive home with her attackers and headed to Mr. Weare’s Galaxy Avenue residence, before she walked home in her bare feet with one of the boys who was later charged.
And this is what these fok heads do around here.... they get several people to gang up on one person, attempt to humiliate them as much as they can, beat them, burn them, threaten to kill them if they goto the police.... just basic all around punk *** thugs.
I personally already had an encounter a couple of years ago with idiots like this.... it didn't last long and they got it a lot worse then I..... but they all think they're so fokkin cool by getting their thug *** friends to beat someone up for them.... jezus they don't even have the decency to fight their own battles alone anymore.
Chances are, if they did, they'd be dead somewhere with their heads smashed on a curb, because none of these punks know how to deal with anything on their own anymore.....
I swear, if these dorks get off easy, the community is going to flip, and there's gonna be some serious vigilante justice starting up, and then the police are really gonna have their hands full.
There has been way too many "Swarm" attacks within the HRM, way too many people being robbed at knife point in areas that never were a problem before, the old lady beaten with metal table legs by two teenaged girls, the other girl who was beaten up by people she thought were her friends, who burned her in a similar way, smashed her face up badly, and disconected her eye socket from the amount of beating they did to her, some 12 year old boy a few weeks ago was beaten and robbed for his money by a bigger and older kid, in which the cops eventually caught..... Enough is enough....
WTF are the parents doing? Picking the corn out of their arses while their kids thug it out on the streets? Is this what it's like all over Canada, or is it just happening here?
That last example of the kid getting beaten up and robbed, the mother said she was glad the cops arrested him, because he was so out of control...... Well if you did your god damn job of parenting in the first place, this sort of crap might not have occured.
I think people in here are right.... society has gone to absolute sh*t in a hand basket, and if these are the dorks who are going to take over the world after my generation, we might as well nuke the whole planet to save ourselves the trouble.
Why the hell can't these crazy murderers who behead people on buses kill the right people for once? Put them to some good use.... send them after arseholes like this, scare the crap out of everybody else and set their arses straight.
*Venting Complete - We now return you to your regular program.*