The 18-year-old perpetrator of a spree of anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and racist graffiti attacks in Ottawa last November will be sentenced as a juvenile, Ontario Court Justice Peter Griffiths has ruled.
The teen, who cannot be named, turned 18 about three weeks after his arrest on November 19, 2016. He has been in custody since his arrest and pleaded guilty in February to a series of charges related to the graffiti spree at two synagogues, a private home in the Glebe used as a Jewish prayer centre, the Jewish Community Campus, a mosque, and a church with an African Canadian minister, as well as breach of probation for a previous offence.
Griffiths, who will hand down the sentence on August 28, pointed to progress the teen has made in recent months in completing his high school education, in participating in a trades program, and in receiving weekly counselling. He said that transferring him to the adult criminal justice system would “endanger” his progress, the Ottawa Citizen reported.