Lesson 3 - Hitting Home: Effects of alcohol on the community

SASKATCHEWAN CURRICULUM

Understanding, Skills and Confidences (USC)

Outcome USC9.6

Analyze the health, economic, and social supports and challenges of addictions (e.g., tobacco, shopping, alcohol, gambling, Inter net, drugs) on self, family, community, and the environment.

Indicators

(c) Evaluate and respond to sources of, and information about, addictions.

(e) Examine possible consequences of addictions on the health of self, family, and community.

(f) Investigate how addictions affect the well-being of the environment.

(i) Assess community supports and services related to addictions.

(j) Evaluate laws pertaining to tobacco use, alcohol use, drug use, and gambling.


Decision Making (DM)

Outcome DM9.10

Assess the role of health promotion in making healthy decisions related to comprehensive approaches to safety, non-curable infection/diseases, romantic relationships, healthy food policies, addictions, tragic death and suicide, chronic illness, and sexual health.

Indicators

(c) Examine the health promotion needed in the local community.

(d) Generate strategies/alternatives to promote health in their community.

Materials:

10 Newspaper articles – distribute however many are needed for group work

Whiteboard/chalkboard/SMART Board

Newspaper articles

Drunk-driving sentence no deterrent: spouse; Jogger struck, left to die; driver gets 31/2-year term

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Wed Apr 7 2010

SADD campaign gets $200,000 boost; SGI, SLGA donate; 10-school speaking tour targets drunk driving

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Tue Mar 9 2010

Drunk driver gets four years; Fatal crash in 2006 killed 22-year-old SADD activist

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Wed Feb 27 2008

Town grads allowed 10 drinks at party

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Sat Jun 6 2009

Drunk driving fatalities spike in '08

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Sat May 16 2009

Man sentenced for assault with beer glass; Attack resulted in disfigurement, nerve damage

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Fri Jan 7 2011

Man jailed for sexual assaults on teenagers

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Sat Dec 4 2010

Teen sentenced for involvement in crime spree; Negative peers led 17-year-old into assault, robbery, judge hears

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Sat Nov 20 2010

Brutal slaying of teen earns life sentence

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Tue Oct 19 2010

Prank left lives altered, court told; Young men on trial for assault on drunk teenager

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Thu Sep 2 2010

Legal Consequences sheet (can make a handout for the students or verbally share the information with them)

Activity:

Jigsaw with Star Phoenix Articles

Total Time – 60 minutes (Explanation – 5 minutes; Article read and discussion – 12 minutes; Sharing with class – depends on how many groups there are)

Have the students break into groups of four (selected by teacher or self-selected – teacher choice)

Distribute a newspaper article to each group

Have the groups select a person to assume role of recorder, reporter, article reader, and timekeeper

Article Reader – reads the article

Recorder – write down key points from the article as the reader reads it aloud (i.e. location, what happened, age(s) of person(s) involved, possible effect on the family, community, etc.)

Task-keeper – keeps people on task

Reporter – reports to the class what happened in their article.

Speak about the legal consequences of alcohol – drinking and driving, assault, underage drinking (information found below)

Points to Share with Students

When speaking with the students, point out that within the articles the term “Drunk Driving” and “drinking and driving” are used.  Inform the students that the proper term is “impaired driving” and that as soon as you have one drink of alcohol you are physiologically impaired.

Distinguish between ‘drunk driving accidents’ and ‘impaired driving collisions’.  Collisions are preventable and accidents (for the most part) are not.

Additional Activities

Brainstorm

What could happen in situations where alcohol is involved?

Emotional consequences

Legal consequences

Physical consequences

Other

How could you make a difference?

Ask the students what they could do to make a difference in the community (family, friends, school, neighbourhood, city, province, country – don’t limit the possibilities) regarding alcohol education

Sharing Circle

After you have gone through each of the assignments, get the students to sit in a circle and go around the circle (in a clock-wise direction) giving students an opportunity to share their thoughts about how, why, or where alcohol has affected their community.

Links to videos you may find useful to incorporate into your lesson

Don’t Drink and Drive…Ever (0:31)

Don’t drink and drive! Very sad! (3:46)

Kali’s Story – Lives Changed Forever (3:21)

Kali’s Story – My Last Kiss for Mom (0:33)

Wasted (3:14)
There is a short video (3:14) on Youtube or you can book the full video from MADD

Trapped (1:01)

MADD Canada – Braking Point – No Way Home (4:55)

Michelle’s Story (0:59)

 

LEGAL CONSEQUENCES

http://www.sgi.sk.ca/

Drinking and Driving – New Drivers

Facts

  • Between 2006-2008 drivers aged 15 to 18 accounted for 10% of drivers involved in collisions.
  • For the regular population, there are 10.2 at-fault collisions per 100 licenced drivers. This number increases to 17.6 at-fault collusions per 100 licensed drivers between 15 to 18 years of age.

Drinking and Driving Consequences

Saskatchewan has a zero tolerance policy for new drivers who drive after drinking. New drivers who drive after having consumed ANY amount of alcohol:

  • Will have their license suspended for 30 days
  • Must complete a Driving Without Impairment (DWI) course within 90 days.

Probationary drivers with subsequent violations will:

  • Have their license suspended for 90 days
  • Be screened for alcohol addiction
  • Attend an education or addiction recovery program

All drivers, regardless of experience level who drive while over .08 BAC are subject to convictions and fines. Some of the consequences in Saskatchewan include:

  • You’ll receive a minimum $1,000 court fine (with no maximum) and a $500 penalty under the Safe Driver Recognition program. That’s a $1,500 minimum – even if it’s the first time you’re convicted.
  • You’ll lose 4 points under the Safe Driver Recognition program for a 30-day suspension if you’re a new driver or 24-hours if you’re an experienced driver. This means you’ll lose some of your vehicle license plate insurance discount or may have to pay a financial penalty.
  • You could face jail time.
  • You’ll have a criminal record. This could prevent you from travelling outside of Canada and from attaining employment with some organizations.
  • You’ll lose your license for 1-5 years.
  • You’ll have to pay for the education program. The Driver Without Impairment (DWI) course costs $150.




Drunk-driving sentence no deterrent: spouse; Jogger struck, left to die; driver gets 31/2-year term

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Wed Apr 7 2010
Page: A7
Section: Local

Byline: Jana Pruden
Dateline: REGINA

Source: Saskatchewan News Network; Regina Leader-Post

The tragic death of a father of five killed after being struck by a vehicle while jogging along the side of a Fort Qu'Appelle-area road was recognized Tuesday during the sentencing of the young man who left him there to die.

Dustin Yuzicapi was sentenced to 31/2 years in prison in the March 2008 death of Bill Cheers.

"I know that whatever sentence is imposed can never restore Mr. Cheers to his family and friends," Justice Guy Chicoine said in sentencing Yuzicapi in Regina Court of Queen's Bench. "His untimely death and the way it happened is nothing short of tragic for Mr. Cheers and his loved ones."

The 62-year-old father of five was jogging along the side of the Fort San Road on the evening of March 31, 2008, when he was struck by Yuzicapi, who was drunk and on his way to pick up more alcohol. Cheers was alive after the collision, but Yuzicapi and his four passengers fled the scene without getting help for the injured man.

Yuzicapi threatened his passengers not to tell anyone what had occurred, then continued with a night of drinking and socializing on the Standing Buffalo First Nation.

Friends of Cheers found him lying in the ditch about three hours later. He was pronounced dead a short time after that. A pathologist has testified Cheers had multiple broken bones and serious internal damage, but may have survived if he had been taken to hospital.

Yuzicapi, then 21, was arrested the next day after an anonymous tip. He later pleaded guilty to hit and run and obstruction of justice and was found guilty of impaired driving after a trial earlier this year.

Given double credit for a brief period on remand, Yuzicapi's sentence is reduced to three years and three months, which will be followed by a three-year driving prohibition.

The Crown had been arguing for a longer sentence; the defence had asked for a lesser one.

During the sentencing, Chicoine noted Cheers may have lived had Yuzicapi and his passengers called for help, and, even though he had been driving drunk, Yuzicapi would likely then have faced a significantly lighter penalty -- likely less than a month in jail.

He said Yuzicapi "turned a tragic accident . . . into a greater tragedy" by leaving Cheers to die in the ditch.

Yuzicapi has an earlier conviction for impaired driving, and a number of previous driving infractions.

"It's a sad case. There's nothing good about it from anyone's point of view," defence lawyer Brad Tilling told reporters outside court.

"Some people will think it's a relatively light sentence, others might, I guess, think it might be a heavy sentence, but the judge said none of it brings back Bill Cheers. All the survivors can do is pick up the pieces and move on."

Crown prosecutor Alistair Johnston said the Crown will take some time to decide whether to appeal the sentence.

"Our view of it has always been that it is such a serious, aggravated crime that we thought it called for a really harsh penalty," he said.

Cheers' spouse, Kate Hersberger, said she was not happy with the sentence, calling it "very inadequate," and saying she did not believe it would serve as a deterrent to others.

But Hersberger said the sentencing was also the end of a long and disappointing process, which has left her family struggling not only with the loss of Cheers, but with many other aspects of the case.

In addition to having questions about some aspects of the investigation, she also questions why none of the passengers in Yuzicapi's car at the time of the crash were charged, and says it was difficult seeing Yuzicapi driving a new car around Fort Qu'Appelle in the two years before the matter finally came to trial.

"The system is not set up to support seeking truth and healing, that's the biggest thing for me," she said. "My family are glad this is over. It's been a very long thing."

Cheers was a teacher at the Carry the Kettle First Nation. In a victim impact statement, Hersberger describes him as a kind, loving, intelligent person who overcame many things in his life and worked hard to show love and respect to his students.

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SADD campaign gets $200,000 boost; SGI, SLGA donate; 10-school speaking tour targets drunk driving

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Tue Mar 9 2010
Page: A2
Section: News
Byline: Pamela Roth
Dateline: REGINA
Source: Saskatchewan News Network

At 17 years of age, Ashley Wilkie never imagined she'd be attending the funeral of one of her best friends.

But two years ago, a car carrying five teens was speeding along McCarthy Boulevard in northwest Regina when it went out of control and struck a tree. Three people inside the vehicle were killed, including her friend behind the wheel.

The night he died still brings tears to her eyes because it was a night she feels could have had a much different ending if alcohol wasn't involved.

"I was really mad. I knew they were drinking," said Wilkie, who is now the president of Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) at Sheldon-Williams Collegiate.

"It's (drinking and driving) very bad at our school. I just hope they realize so many people die in a year -- and they could be next."

On average in Saskatchewan, there are more than 1,400 collisions each year involving an impaired driver, resulting in almost 850 injuries and more than 50 deaths.

In an effort to remind high school students about the dangers of drinking and driving, the province has declared this week Impaired Driving Week.

The week kicked off Monday in Regina at Sheldon-Williams with a $200,000 donation to SADD from Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) and the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority. The funds will be used to support SADD's advertising campaign and a national youth conference taking place in Regina this spring.

Rand Teed, host of SCN's television program Drug Class, will be speaking to 10 schools throughout the province as part of Impaired Driving Week.

A former teacher, Teed has been working with youth since 1972 and has attended the funerals of 25 students who have died in drug- or alcohol-related incidents.

Growing up in a small town in Saskatchewan, Teed admits one of the popular things to do with his friends was pick up a case of beer and drink it while driving around.

When he was 17, he was among two cars full of friends who decided to make a trip into Regina to pick up more booze for a country bonfire party.

The car of friends in front of him was speeding up the Lumsden hill when the driver lost control and rolled the vehicle. A friend in the back seat was thrown from the car and killed when the vehicle rolled on top of him.

Even though Teed watched his friend die, he and his friends continued to drink and drive until he eventually realized he needed help.

Later in life, he was reminded of his past when he and his wife were sent to hospital after their car was struck by a drunk driver on Regina's Albert Street.

Now his goal is to help teens realize the trouble drugs and alcohol can cause, especially at an early age.

"We all think this stuff is harmless and it isn't going to cause any trouble, but that's not true," he said. "This kind of stuff happens all the time. We don't want fun turning into a funeral."

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Drunk driver gets four years; Fatal crash in 2006 killed 22-year-old SADD activist

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Wed Feb 27 2008
Page: A3
Section: Third Page
Byline: Betty Ann Adam
Dateline: KINDERSLEY
Source: The StarPhoenix

KINDERSLEY -- As Kirk Andrew Rudolph drove west in the eastbound lane of Highway 7 on Dec. 7, 2006, Trevor Preston saw the truck coming at him and swerved into the ditch.

Tricia Coulter, however -- driving a few car-lengths behind Preston -- was still in her lane when the pickup slammed into her head-on.

The 22-year-old anti-drinking and driving activist was killed instantly. Rudolph, 38, pleaded guilty in October to dangerous driving causing death and was sentenced on Tuesday to four years in prison.

Rudolph also pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and possessing a firearm while prohibited.

Provincial court Judge Barry Singer also imposed $500 fines for each of those convictions and a $190 fine for having open liquor in a vehicle.

Singer also prohibited Rudolph from driving for three years after his release and from possessing firearms for the same three years.

In an agreed statement of facts, Rudolph acknowledged drinking alcohol before driving that afternoon was a factor in the crash, said Crown prosecutor Michael Segu.

A man who came upon the scene and rushed to help Rudolph, noticed he "smelled bad of alcohol," and an open bottle of vodka was found at the scene, Segu said.

"It seems so tragic. Tricia did so much work with Students Against Drinking and Driving," her mother, Patricia Coulter, said in an interview.

Patricia expressed frustration with the prevalence of drinking and driving, noting alcohol was a factor in most of the charges heard in Kindersley court on Tuesday. Three other people sentenced for drinking and driving offences before Rudolph, had, like him, previous convictions for drunk driving.

Patricia wonders if Saskatchewan should follow Ontario's lead and consider creating a law to seize the vehicles of drivers caught drinking and driving.

"What we're doing as a society here isn't working. . . . Maybe if they thought they'd lose their vehicle or their quad. . . . If there was a financial effect, maybe that would hit home," she said.

Grief overflowed in the Masonic Lodge, where circuit court is held. Victim impact statements read by Patricia and by Segu, on behalf of the victim's father, two sisters and aunt, overwhelmed most of the people present.

The statement from Tricia Coulter's father recalled that when the accident occurred, Coulter was on her way to pick him up so they could attend a musical performance together in Saskatoon. He described "a huge emptiness" left by her passing.

"There is an ongoing, unbearable quiet," he wrote.

Members of Rudolph's family were clearly devastated as well, especially when he stood and turned to address Coulter's mother, stepfather and friend who sat behind Rudolph's family.

"I made wrong decisions in my life. I realize they've greatly affected other people. I wish I could go back and change the events of that day," Rudolph said.

Defence lawyer Kevin Hill had asked for a three-year term but said in an interview the higher sentence is part of a trend toward harsher penalties that reflect society's increasing intolerance of drinking and driving.

badam@sp.canwest.com

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Town grads allowed 10 drinks at party

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Sat Jun 6 2009
Page: A1 / FRONT
Section: News
Byline: Lana Haight
Source: The StarPhoenix

As high school graduation approaches, some people are asking what's safe about "safe grad" parties.

"Having 10 drinks in one evening would not be safe for many," said Colleen Dell, research chair in substance abuse in the sociology department at the University of Saskatchewan.

Next weekend, some parents of Lanigan Central High School graduates will host a "safe grad" party at an undisclosed location. Graduates planning to attend the Saturday night drinking party had to submit a form signed by their parents in advance of the party. The graduates had to pre-order and pre-pay for the alcohol they'll drink during the 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. party. Graduates and their guests, who have to be in Grade 10 or higher, will be allowed up to 10 drinks, including beer, vodka, rum and rye.

"That boggles the mind," said Diane Fontaine, president of the Saskatoon and area Mothers Against Drunk Driving. "It's pretty scary."

Having that many alcoholic drinks at one time is considered binge drinking, says Dell, who added the definition of binge drinking is five or more drinks.

"The idea of safe grad is around drinking and driving and keeping people alive," she said.

"Is that really the goal we want for our kids -- is to simply keep them alive?"

She worries the party will be the start of a drinking pattern that continues through the summer. The dangers of binge drinking include alcohol poisoning, violence and unprotected sex.

Coralea MacDonald, whose daughter will not be attending the party even though she is graduating, was surprised to learn of the "safe grad."

"It's illegal for anyone under 19 to drink alcohol," she said. "How can we do something illegal legally?"

Police are aware that "safe grad" parties happen in communities throughout Saskatchewan.

"The model that I'm referring to talks about where there is a parent or guardian on-site and they are making a decision, as the parent or guardian, for their child, in terms of whether or not they are going to provide them alcoholic beverages at that specific time, in that specific location, at a private place," explained RCMP Sgt. Brian Jones.

"It is an arrangement between private property owners and parents and guardians of those people in attendance. It's a private function on private land. Whether it's a good idea or not is not for us to decide," he said.

Allowing the graduates to drink large quantities of alcohol, even if they aren't driving, sets a bad example, says Fontaine, who adds MADD promotes drinking responsibly, which means adults drinking moderate amounts and then not driving.

"We don't like 'safe grads' because there is still drinking and it encourages underage drinking," said Fontaine.

MacDonald is disappointed parents are organizing the drinking party.

"As adults, I don't think we should say, 'Go for it and we'll watch you get drunk.'

"We're not trying to ruin everyone's fun," said MacDonald, who wishes the teenagers could celebrate their graduation without having to drink alcohol.

Officially, Lanigan graduates will celebrate with a ceremony and dinner on June 12, the day before the "safe grad." The school staff members are not involved in the "safe grad," says Ken Sogge, communications director for Horizon school division.

"They are illegal," he said in an interview.

"If parents choose that that's how they are going to celebrate the graduation of their child or their student, there's really nothing anybody can do about it."

One of the parents involved in the "safe grad" had no comment when contacted by The StarPhoenix and said none of the parent organizers wanted to be interviewed about the party.

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Drunk driving fatalities spike in '08

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Sat May 16 2009
Page: A3
Section: Third Page
Byline: Angela Hall
Dateline: REGINA
Source: Saskatchewan News Network; Regina Leader-Post

The number of people killed in Saskatchewan in collisions involving alcohol spiked last year to 74, a dramatic 63 per cent increase from the previous three-year average, according to new data from SGI.

"Drinking and driving has been a challenge for us. It's been one of the leading contributors to fatalities in the province, but the last year's numbers really indicate that we need to continue to step up our fight against this particular issue," said Kwei Quaye, assistant vice-president of SGI's traffic safety services.

Overall in 2008, there were 156 deaths due to traffic collisions in Saskatchewan, an increase of about nine per cent from 2007.

The 74 deaths that involved drinking and driving compared to a three-year average of 46 deaths.

The number of crashes involving a drinking rose 12.5 per cent from 2007 to about 1,550, while the number of injuries hit 929, an increase of about 22 per cent from the three-year average.

"Drinking and driving kills," Quaye said. "Especially with this long weekend coming we'd like to encourage people to practise safe driving."

There were 14 fatalities on First Nations roads last year, all of which were crashes involving alcohol. The number of deaths is a 90 per cent increase from the previous three-year average, SGI reported.

Of the 60 other deaths involving drinking and driving, 39 were on highways, 12 were on rural roads and nine were on urban roads.

Quaye said the numbers help SGI target areas where education and prevention efforts can be increased.

The corporation is already involved in Enforcement Overdrive, where SGI foots the bill for extra staffing costs to allow municipal police forces and RCMP to hold additional roadside check stops for impaired driving.

Quaye said there are discussions about doing further work with rural RCMP detachments.

SGI is also working with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) to bring the issue to the fore on First Nations.

"We know we have issues with seatbelt use on First Nations roads, and we also have issues related to impaired driving on First Nations roads. FSIN has approached us and are very willing to do some work with us to help manage this," he said.

Jerry Larson, the Saskatchewan president of Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD), said the increase in drinking and driving related fatalities is concerning and reinforces the need to keep educating the public.

"Personally it scares me a little bit and kind of shocks me. . . . It obviously just proves we need to be out there more educating people and making them aware of what happens when you do choose to drive (under the influence)," she said.

Larson added that people need to help others make smart choices by offering them sober rides or asking them to stay over if they've been drinking.

"Everyone on the road is affected by impaired driving."

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Man sentenced for assault with beer glass; Attack resulted in disfigurement, nerve damage

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Fri Jan 7 2011
Page: A4
Section: Local
Byline: Betty Ann Adam
Source: The StarPhoenix

The bravado of young men and too many pints of beer led to a man smashing a beer glass on another man's face last January at Lydia's Pub.

Mark Richard MacLaurin was found guilty Thursday of aggravated assault upon Matthew Fawcett after Judge Daryl Labach rejected an argument of self-defence.

MacLaurin forgot he was holding the pint beer glass when he struck Fawcett in the face after Fawcett shoved him, defence lawyer Michael Bauer argued at the end of a one-day trial in Saskatoon provincial court.

Labach did not accept the claim, saying MacLaurin intended to hit Fawcett with the glass, since he struck hard enough to break it.

MacLaurin's roundhouse punch, "with what amounts to a weapon," was more force than was required to defend against a two-handed shove against the chest, Labach found.

The broken glass left shards embedded in Fawcett's face that required 32 emergency room stitches to wounds from his temple to his jaw.

Fawcett has been left with scars and nerve damage.

Fawcett also underwent plastic surgery but had to return to the hospital three times to have the wounds reopened so medical staff could try to retrieve more splinters that prevented healing and repeatedly caused bleeding.

A severed salivary gland also was not immediately detected. It seeped continually and gushed when Fawcett ate until it healed more than a month later, he testified.

He may undergo further plastic surgery this year to address the visible scars on the left side of his face, he said.

The incident occurred Jan. 15, 2010, at closing time at the popular bar on Broadway Avenue.

The hostility between the pair had included Fawcett's brother, Ben, who had taken offence at a derogatory comment MacLaurin made about his suspenders some hours earlier near the basement pool tables.

Words were exchanged a few times during the evening, which featured the Fawcett brothers demanding an apology from MacLaurin for what they perceived was a slight.

Each challenged MacLaurin to go outside and fight if he didn't apologize. MacLaurin refused to go outside or to apologize.

Pints of beer were being imbibed by all throughout the evening. MacLaurin and Matthew Fawcett were both intoxicated.

"Alcohol and bravado seemed to be getting the better of people," Labach remarked in his findings.

At one point, one of the Fawcett's friends laid MacLaurin back upon a pool table and grasped his shirt at the throat while smiling and telling him to leave his friends alone.

A bouncer suggested MacLaurin leave, which he did, but he then came back inside to wait for his ride.

He and his friend, Rochelle Blocka, were sharing a pint of beer when Ben Fawcett's girlfriend approached them and wanted MacLaurin and the Fawcetts to call a truce.

Although MacLaurin didn't want any more to do with the Fawcetts, the girlfriend brought the brothers to him.

MacLaurin offered to shake hands with the men but wouldn't apologize first. Labach found Ben shook hands with MacLaurin but Matthew refused to shake hands or to slap hands in a "high five."

Instead, Matthew Fawcett pushed MacLaurin and MacLaurin immediately struck him in the face with the glass in his right hand.

There was no evidence about where the beer glass was when MacLaurin was shaking hands and high-fiving.

Crown prosecutor Christy Pannell called MacLaurin's claim that he did not realize he was holding the glass "wilful blindness." The serious injury was objectively foreseeable, she said.

A sentencing hearing will be held Jan. 13.

badam@thestarphoenix.com

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Man jailed for sexual assaults on teenagers

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Sat Dec 4 2010
Page: A8
Section: Local
Byline: Lori Coolican
Source: The StarPhoenix

A 31-year-old former employee of a downtown Saskatoon bar pleaded guilty this week to two counts of sexual assault against 15-year-old twin sisters who went to his home to experiment with alcohol five years ago.

Heath Brown, who worked at the Patricia Hotel, had a reputation around underage young people in Saskatoon as a person who would hook them up with booze, Crown prosecutor Val Adamko told Judge Donna Scott in provincial court Thursday.

After meeting him once, the two victims called Brown on Nov. 12, 2005, and arranged to visit him at his place, where he served them alcohol until both were extremely intoxicated.

At that point, "things got a little out of control," Adamko said.

Brown started asking for sex, and he did not take the girls' refusals seriously. They were so intoxicated they were "physically unable to resist," and eventually both of them had intercourse with him, she said.

They were too shocked and ashamed to tell anyone about the incident at first -- but one of them wrote about it in her journal, which their mother happened to see, Adamko told court. The girls' mother sought help from a counsellor, and eventually the entire family took part in therapy.

Their identities are protected by a publication ban.

"The whole thing was simply too overwhelming to handle . . . especially for a 15-year-old girl," one of the twins said in a victim impact statement, which she read aloud in court.

Shaking with emotion, she described the aftermath of the assaults -- depression, anxiety, nightmares, loss of appetite and temporary hospitalization for a breakdown. Her close relationship with her twin sister was "ripped apart," and for a time they stopped talking to each other altogether, she said.

Their parents were devastated as well and appeared to blame themselves for what happened, she told court, turning her tear-streaked face toward Brown in the prisoner's box.

"This is your fault, not my parents'," she said.

Her sister remembered being an ambitious, enthusiastic and happy teen before the incident, a good student who loved playing sports. Brown's actions took away her power, dignity and self-respect, leaving her feeling dirty and confused, she said in her statement.

She developed bulemia and fell in with "a rough group of people" for a while, she said.

"I thought about it every day, and cried every day. . . . I stopped caring about all the things I used to."

The girls did not report the incident to police until last year, after they came across a Nov. 18, 2009, news report about Brown in The StarPhoenix, Adamko said.

The article said Brown had just pleaded guilty to sexual assault for having sex with a 13-year-old girl he met in an Internet chat room in 2001. The girl had not filed a complaint with police until 2008, when she recognized his profile on another chat site.

He received an 18-month conditional sentence for his crime against the 13-year-old, and was returned to the community under conditions that he stay away from children under 16. As part of a plea agreement, his name was not added to the national sex offender registry.

Brown was in the midst of serving his time in the community when police charged him in early February with the sexual assaults against the twin 15-year-olds. He was granted bail and released again, with conditions that he not possess or consume alcohol and obey a daily curfew from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

On June 25, city police knocked on his door to check his compliance with his conditions and found two cases of Budweiser in his home, Adamko told court. He was arrested, charged with breaching his conditions and released from custody the same day.

At 11:55 p.m. on Nov. 12, a police officer found Brown urinating in public next to a vehicle on 33rd Street. Rather than a ticket for public urination, he was charged with breaching his curfew. He has remained in custody since then.

Brown pleaded guilty to both breaches Thursday, in addition to the sexual assaults.

Accepting a joint sentencing agreement between the Crown and defence, Scott imposed a 22-month jail term and agreed to "take no action" on his conditional sentence breach, ordering that Brown resume serving his term in the community following his release from jail.

The usual punishment for breaching a conditional sentence is to serve some or all of the remainder of the sentence behind bars.

However, provincial jail inmates have no access to sex offender treatment programs while in custody, Adamko explained. If allowed on the street instead, he can attend group therapy.

His name will now be added to the sex offender registry for the next 20 years.

"I hope you both know that you are not to blame for what happened," Scott told the twin sisters before passing sentence on Brown.

"I think these young women should be proud of themselves for coming forward and reporting what happened," Adamko said. "I do hope that when (Brown) leaves here today, he'll remember what they said."

Defence lawyer Brian Pfefferle said Brown's memory of his night with the twins is poor, but he does not dispute the facts they reported to police. His client knew the girls were younger than him, but didn't realize they were only 15, he said.

The incident is an eye-opening example to the community, because it could have happened to anybody involved in "high-risk behaviours" surrounding the city's bar scene, Pfefferle said.

The culture among many young people working in the clubs is such that "even when you're working, you're almost in party mode all the time," he said.

Brown learned from his participation in sex offender treatment during his earlier conditional sentence and has tried to stay out of risky situations, Pfefferle told court, adding he no longer drinks heavily and "tries to educate the people he associates with on the risks of this type of behaviour."

Brown understands what it's like to be on the receiving end of a crime, having been a victim of an aggravated assault in the past, Pfefferle said.

"I am deeply sorry about the whole thing," Brown told court before receiving his sentence.

"The victim impact statements today really hit me. . . . I want other people to learn from my mistakes."

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Teen sentenced for involvement in crime spree; Negative peers led 17-year-old into assault, robbery, judge hears

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Sat Nov 20 2010
Page: A9
Section: Local
Byline: Betty Ann Adam
Source: The StarPhoenix

A teenager involved with a gang who went on a violent crime spree earlier this year was a follower who was influenced by a negative peer group, a Saskatoon judge heard this week.

The 17-year-old hit a man on the head with a beer bottle during a planned robbery he and his friends perpetrated upon strangers outside the Colonial Cold Beer & Wine Store on May 23.

He was present about 40 minutes later when teenager Ryan White was shot on Acadia Drive, though he was not charged with participating in that crime, Crown prosecutor Leslie Dunning told provincial court Judge Doug Agnew.

The teen also carried a police baton and stayed outside while others committed a home invasion on Shea Crescent on March 3, where a man was shocked with a cattle prod.

The teen's name is subject to a publication ban. He turned 18 in August.

On Thursday, he was given three concurrent nine-month sentences comprised of three months secure custody, three months open custody and three months community supervision.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to robbery and assault causing bodily harm for the activities outside the Colonial and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace for holding the baton during the home invasion.

Agnew told the man he is lucky the crimes occurred before his 18th birthday because his sentence would have been much harsher if he'd been an adult under the law at the time.

Two 18-year-olds who were involved in the home invasion are now serving penitentiary terms, Agnew noted.

Braden Troy Chicoose, who electrocuted Jordan Vandale with the cattle prod, had turned 18 just days before the home invasion. He had no prior criminal record but was sentenced in October to 31/2 years for break and enter to commit robbery and wearing a mask in the commission of an indictable offence.

Joel William Yuzicapi was sentenced Nov. 1 to three years for hitting Vandale on the head with a hammer and having his face masked at the time.

Arthur John Jack, 42, Justin Albert Edward Smith, 18, and another youth are also charged in the home invasion and await their trials.

Jack and Smith are also each charged in at least 10 armed robberies, including the incidents outside the Colonial and the White shooting.

A third youth is charged in the shooting incident with aggravated assault and robbery with a firearm. That case is also still before the courts.

The youth sentenced Thursday has turned his life around since his arrest last summer, a probation officer who prepared a positive pre-sentencing report told the judge.

He has been working and spending time with "pro-social" friends who encouraged him to comply with his release conditions, she said.

Defence lawyer Garth Buitenhuis said his client was outside the front door when four others entered through the back door of the Shea Crescent house.

He balked at the noise inside and stayed outside rather than entering with the police baton.

When the others ran from the house after the victim fought them off with a knife, the youth ran with them.

On May 23, the youth was present when the group planned to rob people leaving the beer store attached to the Colonial Pub & Grill. They followed four people, chasing them toward a nearby park. One of the gang had a machete and cut one of the victims.

Buitenhuis said his client wasn't armed until he thought one of the victims was threatening his cousin. At that point he grabbed a beer bottle and struck the man, who gave up $90 and lost his glasses in the melee.

Agnew said fear didn't explain why the youth later threw the beer bottle at the victim as he ran back to the relative safety of the beer store.

"He was involved with people he wanted to impress or keep their friendship," Buitenhuis said.

"He was not at the forefront. He's just someone who goes along," Buitenhuis said.

The teen said he knows what he did was wrong and it won't happen again.

"That was stupid thinking. I was young. I'm 18 now and ready to make better decisions," he said.

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Brutal slaying of teen earns life sentence

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Tue Oct 19 2010
Page: A4
Section: Local
Byline: Charlene Tebbutt
Dateline: PRINCE ALBERT
Source: For the Star Phoenix

A young Prince Albert man has been sentenced to life in prison for the gruesome killing of a 16-year-old girl last year.

Cody James Halkett, 21, was sentenced Monday to a life sentence with no chance of parole for seven years in the death of Krista Kenny. Halkett pleaded guilty to manslaughter Monday in Prince Albert Court of Queen's Bench.

The prison sentence was based on a joint recommendation from the Crown and defence. Halkett was originally charged with second-degree murder.

Kenny's body was found inside a car in an alley in the city's West Flat area on May 4, 2009, two days after she was last seen partying with friends at a local park. Kenny, the mother of a then six-month-old girl, was found severely beaten inside the car with a hole in her throat, Crown prosecutor John Morrall said in court Monday.

Kenny suffered bruising all over her body and had been stabbed in the throat with a wooden stake. She was alive for 15 to 30 minutes after the assault and conscious for some of that time as well, he added.

"This, my Lord, was a savage and callous beating," Morrall told Queen's Bench Justice Grant Currie. "She was defenceless, she was young, she was overpowered and her death was not instantaneous."

Kenny was last seen on the evening of

May 2, 2009. She had been drinking with a group of other people at a park and started sleeping on a picnic table.

Halkett was seen trying to kiss Kenny and wanted her debit card to buy more alcohol. Halkett and Kenny were later seen leaving the park together at around midnight, Morrall said.

Halkett was arrested several days later. Police searching a garbage bin outside his home later found bloody socks and a pair of shorts with DNA from both him and Kenny. Halkett's common-law wife also told police that he had come home without his shirt and she saw scratches on his chest and stomach.

Several of Kenny's family members spoke in court Monday.

"Cody, you're every parent's nightmare," said Kenny's mother, Loretta Henderson.

Kenny's aunt, Lorraine Henderson, said Kenny's now-two-year-old daughter will never know her mother.

"It is the greatest sorrow that this is our reality," she said. "We will always love you, we will always miss you."

Defence lawyer Rick Bell said his client accepts responsibility for Kenny's death, although Halkett has always maintained that he did not act alone. However, Bell refused to elaborate on his comments when asked outside court.

Morrall said Halkett was the only person involved in the killing. He said the severe extent of Kenny's injuries warranted a tougher sentence for manslaughter.

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• Photo: Photo courtesy Charlene Tebbutt / Cody Halkett is escorted from court Monday

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Prank left lives altered, court told; Young men on trial for assault on drunk teenager

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Thu Sep 2 2010
Page: A1 / Front
Section: News
Byline: Betty Ann Adam
Dateline: ST. WALBURG
Source: The StarPhoenix

Friendships have been strained and lives altered among young people in a small community because of a party prank that escalated into a sexual assault on a drunk teenager, witnesses testified Wednesday in provincial court.

Orrie Rodh, 21, and Shae Pruden 21, are charged with sexual assault against a 15-year-old male youth who was passed out in a bedroom at a house party in a town northwest of North Battleford on March 13, 2009.

Youths went into the room and wrote vulgarities on the boy's face and arms, drew penises on his buttocks and sprayed shaving cream on his back and buttocks, court heard. Meanwhile, the party continued in the next room.

A teenager dragged his scrotum on the victim's face while another made a video recording of it on his cellphone, court heard.

Pruden is accused of placing a beer bottle between the cheeks of the youth's buttocks.

Rodh is alleged to have been involved in the bottle incident, but the only evidence presented about that so far indicates a witness may have given a wrong name.

"It was a horrible thing. It showed me how things can happen and ruin people's lives," said a youth who has pleaded guilty to sexual assault for spraying the foam on the unconscious teen's buttocks.

He also admitted being present when the alleged assault with the bottle occurred and being part of a group of males who encouraged the act. He was sentenced in June 2010 to two years on probation and 110 hours of community service.

That youth was one of two who gave testimony inconsistent with their sworn statements to police, resulting in Crown prosecutor Suzanne Reid getting permission to cross-examine them as hostile witnesses.

That youth said he grew up with the victim and the other males involved in the incident. His friendship with them is "not as good as it used to be," because a court order had prohibited contact with them while the cases against the six accused make their way through the courts.

The complainant testified he was angry the next morning when the boy with the video showed it to him. The boy became depressed, stayed alone in his room and avoided his family and friends for months.

"I lost pride for myself and everything I did, lost a lot of friends. I thought friends wouldn't do it," he said.

The boy's sister was at the party and said she checked up on him a few times. She told the boys to leave her brother alone but wasn't particularly concerned about the drawings she saw.

Another of the youth witnesses pleaded guilty to assault for drawing on the teen and taking the photos and video. He was sentenced to one year on probation.

Several witnesses said they have been at other parties where people have written on and sprayed foam on people who were passed out.

The trial continues today.

badam@sp.canwest.com

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