Court briefs – May 20

A teenager will make his first appearance in court Thursday after he was charged earlier this week in a failed robbery in Innisfail.

Teenager charged with robbery

A teenager will make his first appearance in court Thursday after he was charged earlier this week in a failed robbery in Innisfail.

The male teen was remanded in custody after he was charged with robbery, disguised with intent and breaching probation.

He will appear in Red Deer youth court. His identity is protected under terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. His age wasn’t released.

Const. Kim Pennoyer of Innisfail RCMP said police responded to a complaint of an armed robbery at an Innisfail motel about 11:52 a.m. on Monday.

Shortly after the call a male youth was arrested.

Father appears on sex assault charge

The sentencing of a Stettler-area father convicted of sexually assaulting his seven-year-old daughter is set for Red Deer provincial court on June 10.

The man, who was convicted in March of sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching, appeared in court on Tuesday when the Crown prosecutor Anders Quist and defence lawyer Kevin Sproule gave their sentencing submissions to Judge Monica Bast.

The court heard the offences occurred in the fall of 2007 after the girl’s parents had separated.

Quist said the victim was relatively young and as her biological father, the man had significant power and responsibility in the relationship. Therefore, the Crown is seeking a four-year prison term.

Sproule said the offences were at the low end of what is considered major sexual offences and caused no significant physical harm. Defence is seeking a provincial jail term of two years, less a day and five years probation.

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