Teen denies sexual assault of robbery victim
A teenager who admitted to stabbing a man he had robbed denied sexually assaulting him during the incident when he made his first court appearance yesterday.
Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans will sentence the 15-year-old boy on charges of armed robbery and causing harm on September 26 after receiving a social inquiry report.
Although the teenager pleaded guilty to robbing the man of two cellphones and jewelry and watch, with a combined value of $1,242, in the Edmund Moxey Park on June 27, he denied ordering his victim to remove his pants before caressing him and commenting on the size of his genitalia.
The teenager’s victim ran after being stabbed in the arm.
Police arrested the teenager days later in the back of the National Insurance Board on Blue Hill Road, the prosecutor, Sergeant Bridgette Strapp, said.
During a search of the teen, the officers found a Nike bag that contained the robbery and stabbing victim’s property.
The teenager who did not have a lawyer acknowledged that he robbed the man at knifepoint and stabbed him but denied the indecent assault charge.
He has been remanded to the Simpson Penn School for Boys in the interim.
The prosecutor initially questioned the magistrate’s decision to entertain a plea on the armed robbery charge, but Vogt-Evans said that as a juvenile he was entitled to a summary trial on the charge.
The teen’s mother said that she had sought help for her son and that he was scheduled to see a psychiatrist today.