Houston youth turns himself in after arrest warrant issued for failing to appear in court

Houston youth turns himself in after arrest warrant issued for failing to appear in court

The youth is expected to plead guilty or not guilty in January

A series of court actions arising from a June 2017 altercation at a pre-graduation party held at Sunset Lake campground has concluded.

A youth, who cannot be named because of his age, appeared in court Jan. 11 and was given 12 months probation for assaulting Gerald Lester Whitford.

The youth had failed to appear several times previously, resulting in warrants being issued for his arrest.

Previous to the Jan. 11 appearance, he had last failed to appear Jan. 7.

The youth was one of two people charged with assaulting Whitford during the pre-graduation party, where three individuals were taken to hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries resulting from party altercations. They all cannot be identified due to their age.

The co-accused was given a conditional release in June 2018 and placed on probation for 12 months with a number of conditions.

The youth who was sentenced last week must also apologize.

Whitford had originally been charged with three counts of aggravated assault for altercations that occurred during the party, but later pleaded guilty to the lesser included offence of assault with a weapon.

He was sentenced to a nine-month conditional sentence to be followed by one year of probation last February. 

Whitford’s mother-in-law Mavis Goertzen lodged several complaints with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP on Feb. 13, 2018.

In a copy of the complaint, obtained by Houston Today, Goertzen says the RCMP “failed to conduct a proper investigation,” specifying that key witnesses have not been interviewed, including her daughter Elisha Goertzen. Her daughter has since been questioned by the RCMP.



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